It follows that your ability to write syntheses depends on your ability to infer relationships among sources - essays, articles, fiction, and also nonwritten sources, such as lectures, interviews, observations.
This process is nothing new for you, since you infer relationships all the time - say, between something you've read in the newspaper and something you've seen for yourself, or between the teaching styles of your favorite and least favorite instructors.
The explanatory synthesis does not go much beyond what is obvious from a careful reading of the sources.
You will not be writing explanatory synthesis essays in this course.
Having read and considered sources A, B, and C, can you infer something else - D (not a source, but your own idea)?
Because a synthesis is based on two or more sources, you will need to be selective when choosing information from each.
PURPOSE Your purpose in reading source materials and then in drawing upon them to write your own material is often reflected in the wording of an assignment.
For example, your assignment may ask that you evaluate a text, argue a position on a topic, explain cause and effect relationships, or compare and contrast items.
Explanations may entail descriptions that re-create in words some object, place, event, sequence of events, or state of affairs.
The purpose in writing an explanatory essay is not to argue a particular point, but rather to present the facts in a reasonably objective manner.