While analysis pulls apart smaller elements of a text or object to determine how they affect the whole piece, synthesis compares and contrasts themes or ideas to arrive at a new idea or theory

Synthesis 101: this basic page addresses all the basic concerns. And this page on synthesis discusses creating a source matrix and offers a 1-paragraph example of synthesis. 

How to write a synthesis: here's a similar resource 

Synthesis concerns: another older site that defines key terms, including "background synthesis," "thesis-driven synthesis," and "sythesis of the literature." See our page on literature reviews for more help with this last term.

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