Q. I've been assigned to write a synthesis, or told I need to better synthesize my research. How do I go about doing this?
When synthesizing, you will incorporate several ideas from scholarly literature into one cohesive point. When synthesizing, you will note similarities, differences, or relationships between the different perspectives or evidence. A synthesis may also identify gaps in the research.
Beyond integrating various resources, when a writer synthesizes successfully, they present new ideas based on interpretations and comparison of the research. Critical reading and critical thinking are key components of successful synthesizing.
Below are some resources to assist you with synthesizing:
Synthesis and Analysis group session Mondays at 5:00 p.m. PST: The Synthesis and Analysis group session will help students understand the process behind searching, reading, analyzing, and synthesizing research into common themes. This session is helpful to attend if you are working on a larger project (paper, thesis, proposal, dissertation) and you need guidance on how to organize and analyze material. Follow this link to reserve your seat in this session. Click here for assistance with scheduling.
Using a Synthesis Matrix: Use this resource to assist with creating and using a synthesis matrix.
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