After defining your question, you now need to outline your search strategy. This is a description of the methods you will use to find the research relevant to your question. You need to decide on:
Searching for literature and understanding how that interlinks with writing up your findings and influencing new ideas for your research is a vital skill. The graphic below may help you to understand these processes and how they are inter-linked.
You can save your search strategy in each database you use and re-run it at a later date. You can also set up alerts and be notified by email of new papers that match your search criteria.
We also have a guide on how to search for literature using specialist databases which may be helpful at this stage.
You may have seen in other systematic reviews a flow chart detailing the number of papers found at various stages of the search, and how they are filtered down to the final number used for the review. This is from a template available online from PRISMA.
Glasgow Caledonian University have detailed notes on how to complete the flow chart available as part of their SMILE online modules.