Managing your data is an incredibly important part of any research project, even your literature review. Deakin broadly defines research data as:
All data collected, observed, or created by researchers in the course of their work, for the purposes of analysis to produce original research results.
All researchers are responsible for managing their research data effectively under Deakin policies, and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018).
It's a good idea to have a plan! Extensive information about research data management is available on the Manage Data website.
For the purposes of your literature review, consider these data questions, and plan what you will do:
There is an increasing trend for researchers to publish high quality literature reviews as review articles. Such published review articles often follow a systematic search and review process and attract high citations.
When developing such high quality literature reviews, it is key to treat and manage the literature you've collected and analysed as your research data.
If you would like to learn more about systematic searching in order to publish your literature review, the Library's Systematic and systematic-like review toolkit provides information and step-by-step instructions on: