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Writing a Literature Review

An overview of literature reviews and how to write one

Synthesis Matrix for Literature Reviews

Some researchers find it helpful to keep track of sources using a synthesis matrix. A synthesis matrix allows you describe and categorize what you've read. You can then sort the sources by categories and begin to synthesize the literature about a topic.

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools help organize and cite sources using technology. These tools also allow you to assign categories to what you have read. They typically have browser plug-ins to save the citations and information you find online. Most are able to be integrated into Word or Google Docs, allowing you to cite as you write.

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