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Literature Review - A Self-Guided Tutorial

A self-guided tutorial that walks you through the process of conducting a Literature Review.

Synthesize

SynthesizeThis is the point where you sort articles by themes or categories in preparation for writing your lit review. You may find a synthesis matrix, like this one, or in the box below, helpful in understanding how this works.

You can sort the literature in various ways, for example:

 

 

light bulb image  by themes or concepts

clock image  historically or chronologically (tracing a research question across time),or

diverging arrows image  by methodology.

Synthesis Matrix Example

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Jennifer Lim