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Synthesising is an important and complex skill required in academic writing. Synthesising involves combining ideas from a range of sources in order to group and present common ideas or arguments. It is a necessary skill used in essays, literature reviews and other forms of academic writing.

Unlike summarising and paraphrasing, which only uses one author's ideas at a time, synthesising combines ideas from more than one text or source.

Synthesising allows you to:

  • combine information and ideas from multiple sources to develop and stregthen your argument(s)
  • demonstrate that you have read widely on the topic
  • use and cite multiple sources.


How to synthesise



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