Synthesis is the art of pulling together two or more sources to create new ideas. This is a simple definition for what is really a complicated process; in order to synthesize effectively, you have to find good sources, understand what each source is saying, find relationships between the sources, and draw conclusions from these relationships in order to support your argument.
Just citing two different sources in an essay isn't synthesis. You must work out how the sources agree, disagree, and otherwise link together, then demonstrate these relationships in your writing. Mastering synthesis is essential to your development as both a writer and a student.
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* For help writing your essay and citing your sources, contact the Writing Center.
* For help finding sources, contact the Research & Information Desk in the library.
* For questions about your assignment, contact your instructor.