A Matrix is similar to an outline but in a grid format. Creating a matrix of sources will help you find connections (synthesis) among your sources. Read carefully the directions for the assignment before attempting your own matrix. Assignment: Because a

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A Matrix is similar to an outline but in a grid format. Creating a matrix of sources will help you find connections (synthesis) among your sources. Read carefully the directions for the assignment before attempting your own matrix.

Assignment:

Because a literature review is NOT just a summary of sources, it can be very difficult to keep your 4-6 (or more) sources organized. One way to organize sources is the synthesis matrix. The synthesis matrix is a chart that allows a researcher to sort and categorize the different arguments presented on an issue. Across the top of the chart are the spaces to record sources, and along the side of the chart are the spaces to record the main points of argument for each source.

Directions:

As you read/review each source, work vertically in the column belonging to that source, recording as much information as possible about each significant idea presented in the work.

-The “purpose of study” asks what the researchers were trying to find out; their purpose for the study/experiment. Use active verbs in this section.

-The column “type and population” asks you to identify the demographic (group) or species. For example, was the study aimed at children, elderly, urban or rural dwellers? Was the study limited to species in a specific geographic range, tagged animals, etc? Were the researchers focused only on category 4 hurricanes?

-The “study findings/conclusions”asks you to list the conclusions drawn from the experiments/studies. What two or three discoveries did the researchers draw from their work? (Hint: often this is found toward the end of a research article under the heading “results” or “discussion”.)

Follow a similar pattern for each source.

See the example of a completed matrix (top of this page). Use this resource titled “Matrix Template” to create your own matrix of 4-6 sources. Download the document, complete as many of the columns as possible, save the document, and upload it to this assignment. Let me know if you have questions.

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