Answered By: Paul Lai
Last Updated: Jul 03, 2023     Views: 4768

Synthesis is discussing source material by comparing, contrasting, and evaluating different ideas, showing their connections and relationships to one another, and ultimately combining separate ideas to support or create a new idea. 

Synthesis is especially important if you are writing a literature review. Rather than listing source ideas one after another, remember to show how they relate to one another.


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