The term ‘synthesis’ refers to the bringing together of material from different sources, and the creation of an integrated whole.
In this case the ‘whole’ will be your structured review of relevant work, and your coherent argument for the study that you are doing.
Increased ease of access to a wider range of published material has also increased the need for careful and clear critique of sources.
Just because something is ‘published’ does not mean its quality is assured.
They will ask questions such as: These are questions that you will already probably be asking yourself.
You will also need to be ready to answer them in a viva if you will be having one. are particularly relevant to the process of critical review.Note that, if you have specific questions about how to write a research paper, you should always seek advice from your professor before you begin.Specific requirements stated by your professor will always supersede instructions provided in these general guidelines.The JLC is SHU’s central academic support service and is open to all SHU students.Our mission is to provide academic support to strengthen student learning and empower every student to develop as self-directed learners.There are three stages at which a review of the literature is needed: This applies especially to people doing Ph Ds on a part-time basis, where their research might extend over six or more years.You need to be able to demonstrate that you are aware of current issues and research, and to show how your research is relevant within a changing context.JLC tutors see each student as a holistic learner, paying attention to the importance of cognition as well as to the emotional aspects of learning.Academic Support Services include 1-on-1 tutoring with Professional and Peer tutors; group study sessions for particular courses by Classroom Learning Assistants (CLAs); monthly workshops on specific academic and life skills; specialized Learning Labs in math, critical reading and writing, accounting, and math; and online writing support (OWL).With small-scale writing projects, the literature review is likely to be done just once; probably before the writing begins.With longer projects such as a dissertation for a Masters degree, and certainly with a Ph D, the literature review process will be more extended.