What is synthesis?
Synthesizing information is the opposite of analyzing information. When you read an article or book, you have to pull out specific concepts from the larger document in order to understand it. This is analyzing.
When you synthesize information, you take specific concepts and consider them together to understand how they compare/contrast and how they relate to one another. Synthesis involves combining multiple elements to create a whole.
In regard to course assignments, the elements refer to the outside sources you've gathered to support the ideas you want to present. The whole then becomes your conclusion(s) about those sources.
How do I synthesize information?
Note: These steps offer a guideline, but do what works for you best.
Visit the link below for helpful resources on note-taking:
This video from GCFLearnFree.org explains synthesis from the perspective of how we synthesize information in our daily lives.
This video from USU Libraries explains synthesis from the perspective of synthesizing information in a research project.
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