Synthesize

Definition:

To synthesize is to combine two or more elements to form a new whole. In the literature review, the “elements” are the findings of the literature you gather and read; the “new whole” is the conclusion you draw from those findings.

Purpose:

Synthesize to draw conclusions about the findings in the literature so that you can identify how the literature addresses your research question.

Process:

  • Gather literature that addresses your research question
  • Review literature and take notes: describe, summarize, analyze, and identify key concepts
  • Synthesize literature: compare & contrast, critically evaluate, interpret, so that you can draw conclusion

Remember: the literature review is an iterative process!

Synthesize E-Lecture (4:41)

Faculty & Student Voices (2:09)