Literature review
Design Thinking


Effective evaluation of selected digital, analog, scientific, or non-scientific documents on a research topic


Assure that the idea is relevant and unique


Data inquiry and knowledge generation method

Example of use

Early stages of idea generation or orientation


  1. 1.Prepare: setup a due date, create a precise focused question to base the review on, create select criteria, consider synonyms and translations as well, define the scope of the literature to review, identify the sources of literature

  2. 2.Search on identified sources by using the select criteria

  3. 3.Select the most relevant documents from the result list, repeat 2 and 3 as long as necessary

  4. 4.Procure the selected documents

  5. 5.Document the most relevant data from the literature reviewed


  1. Franke, F., Klein, A., and Schüller-Zwierlein, A. 2010. Schlüsselkompetenzen: Literatur recherchieren in Bibliotheken und Internet. Metzler, Stuttgart.

  2. Ackerson, L. G. 2007. Literature search strategies for interdisciplinary research. A sourcebook for scientists and engineers. Scarecrow Press, Lanham.

  3. Niedermair, K. 2010. Recherchieren und Dokumentieren, der richtige Umfang mit Literatur im Studium. UVK-Verl.-Ges., Konstanz.

Literature review Niewiadomski.