Mashup: Literature Review Old with New

I blogged yesterday about discovering Systematic Literature Reviews and feeling like my style was too ‘traditional’. I’d really like to do a systematic literature review in my thesis but my problem is as such

I’ve already started the literature review and I didn’t keep track of search terms, databases, sources – anything really. 

and I didn’t create a specific conceptual framework before starting the literature review (though I did kind of in that I thought and documented alot of “what’s in” and “what’s out” in planning my thesis structure). 

So- now I’m stuck. How do I mashup my already started Literature Review with my aspiration to do a Systematic Literature Review?

Has anyone done this?

I’m loathe to throw out the literature review I’ve done already as its months and months of work + years of literature curation. 

Should I do the typical Qualitative Research thing and write about the first half as though it was all planned nicely and neatly and went according to plan (I could fudge the search terms that I put into the UTS library databases- and I mostly just use a few databases so I could re-search them and map to the literature I already have). 

Advice Please!


About Sarina Kilham

I'm a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. Trained as a social scientist and with a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture, I'm interested in farmer's experiences of growing feedstock for biodiesel production. My research has focused on biodiesel production in Brazil and Timor-Leste. Also on Twitter @sarinakilham and blogging at
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