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Education Research Guide: EDUC 710

Learning Outcomes

You will:

  • list characteristics that make a source reliable.
  • paraphrase and cite an idea from one article.
  • discover the different methods of organizing your notes across articles.
  • synthesize and cite an idea across multiple articles.

Types of Sources

Read the resources below. Then, answer the reflection questions posted in the Padlet. Note: It may be easier to open the Padlet in a separate window.

Paraphrasing Practice

Before you can synthesize across various articles, you may need to practice how to paraphrase an idea from a single article. Paraphrasing is much harder than using a direct quote, but it demonstrates your critical thinking ability and your understanding of the article's idea. Sometimes, an author says something better than we can, and in that case, it's fine to use a direct quote. Try not to over burden your paper with direct quotes. A literature review section should rely mostly on paraphrasing and synthesizing. 

Use these handouts below to practice paraphrasing:

Synthesizing Explained

Synthesizing is a method of analyzing the main ideas and important information from your sources as you read and prepare to write a literature review. Review the resources below for sample synthesizing methods. Both examples have tables you can fill out as you read articles to help you organize your thoughts. 

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