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Online Guide to Writing and Research

Thinking Strategies and Writing Patterns

Critical Strategies and Writing


One of the basic academic writing activities is researching your topic and what others have said about it. Your goal should be to draw thoughts, observations, and claims about your topic from your research. We call this process of drawing from multiple sources “synthesis.” Click on the accordion items below for more information.

Definition, Use, and Sample Synthesis

Key Takeaways

  • Synthesizing allows you to carry an argument or stance you adopt within a paper in your own words, based on conclusions you have come to about the topic.
  • Synthesizing contributes to confidence about your stance and topic.

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