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How to synthesise

Use the following steps to synthesise information from different sources.

  • Read relevant material.
  • Make brief notes using keypoints / keywords. This makes it easier to compare and contrast relevant information.
  • Identify common ideas.
  • Cite (reference) all the authors you have used.

Note-taking for synthesising

Write down the main points. Remember to cite the references.

Example of notes foramtted into columns

Writing a synthesis from notes

Look at your notes and identify similar and contradictory arguments. Group these together to develop / support your arguments. Cite references appropriately.

Example of a synthesis using contradictory ideas

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