Graduate Studies @ Fontbonne

How to Think About What You've Got

  • Organize your sources according to the specific argument or question you're exploring.
  • Consider how sources are similar and different from one another.
  • Structure your discussion in light of each source's focus (e.g., those that support a particular position, those against, and those that offer an alternative perspective).
  • Synthesize your sources into a summary of what is and is not known or what has and has not been done.
  • Identify gaps or areas of controversy in the existing scholarship.
  • Evaluate -- which sources are most convincing? Most credible? Most valuable? Whose work has made the greatest contribution to understanding the question or developing the field of study? 
  • Develop a conclusion that explores questions that need more study or areas for further research.

Sample Review

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