Synthesizing Sources


Sources are a great help for understanding a topic more deeply.  But what about when sources don’t quite agree with one another or challenge what you have experienced yourself?

This is where your skill of synthesis comes into play as a writer. Synthesizing includes comparison and contrast but also allows you to combine multiple perspectives on a topic to reach a deeper understanding.

This video explains the process of synthesis in action.


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Adapted from Lumen Learning’s “Using Multiple Sources” from English Composition II used according to CC BY 4.0.


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