Submitted by McKenzie Hyde on April 27th, 2018
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Short Description: 

As part of the research process, students need to learn how to organize and synthesize their sources. This short lecture, followed by a matrix outline given to every student, gives students the opportunity to focus their research question even more and to add their own ideas to the conversation of research within their chosen topic.

Learning Outcomes: 

-Understanding research as a conversation
-Understanding and using synthesis to organize and weave together sources + our own ideas
-Understanding how essays/arguments can be organized by idea, not by source

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Potential Pitfalls and Teaching Tips: 

Students should already have a focused topic and/or research question chosen before coming to the library for this lesson.

Suggested Citation: 
Hyde, McKenzie. "Synthesis." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2018.