Communication: Reading and Synthesizing

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>> [00:59] Outline of the reading and synthesizing process.


>> [06:30] How to efficiently gather sources and evaluate them.


>> [10:56] How to synthesize and organize your information.


>> [14:54] How to use the Summary Spreadsheet in your writing process.


At the end of this lesson, you will be able to:


•  Outline the reading and synthesis process.


•  Describe strategies you can use to collect your sources and read your research efficiently.


•  Explain how a Summary Spreadsheet can help you organize your research.

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Questions to Consider


1. How does reading and synthesizing fit into the larger writing process?


2. What are the steps involved in the reading and synthesizing process?



1. Reflect on the reading and synthesis process outlined here. What questions do you have? Who on your campus can answer your questions? Book a session with them.


2. Make a plan for collecting and organizing your sources for a current or upcoming writing assignment. Identify how you will execute your search and keep your sources organized.


3. Download a copy of the Summary Spreadsheet. If you’ve got a current writing assignment, use the spreadsheet to organize the information you’ve collected so far.


4. Set some SMART goals to help you begin or maintain momentum as you complete the reading and synthesis component of a writing assignment.

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Communication: Reading and Synthesizing

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