Research Synthesis. Telling what research says about your topic. Research Synthesis. Does not include your opinion until the very end (conclusion). Your opinion MUST be based on the research cited. Research Synthesis. Start by collecting information on your topic.
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Telling what research says about your topic.
Does not include your opinion until the very end (conclusion).
Your opinion MUST be based on the research cited.
Start by collecting information on your topic.
Be sure it is research (not newspaper articles, magazines vs. journals, sales information).
Read EVERYTHING, and start looking for common themes (these become your subheadings).
Start looking for statements that AGREE—you want more than one source for statements.
A synthesis—not a summary!
Writing comes much later—the hard part is pulling it together first.
Start a section at a time—start with something easy (like definition).
You are simply saying what OTHERS have already said—you are just presenting it in a different way.
Since you are simply telling what someone else has said, you must provide a source (or sources) for EVERYTHING.
If you quote directly, put it in quotes. If you paraphrase, you still have to cite the author(s).
Lists and lists and lists!
This is a VERY different type of writing—and it is hard! Don’t get frustrated.
Mix in tables, charts, graphs, quotes.
Do NOT put your opinion in the paper until the conclusion!