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QUEST Research Model: Step 4: Synthesize


Quest Model (Synthesize

SYNTHESIZE: What Does This Mean?

Now that you have read a lot of information from multiple sources, develop a plan for your argument while you take notes. Your job now is to

1) collect relevant evidence

2) analyze how it supports your opinion or claim. 

Ask yourself these questions:

What can I infer from this information?

How do I interpret this information?

What is my opinion based on this evidence?

How has my perspective changed?

What new insights do I have now?

How To Take Great Notes

Reading Objectives: Interpreting Multiple Perspectives

Prior to this, you have evaluated your sources individually. Now it's time to look at them as a whole conversation. Ask yourself these questions:

What are the patterns or trends in the evidence presented?

How do the various arguments connect, compare, or even contradict one another? 

What are the implications or limitations of these arguments?

Which argument is strongest?

How does your own personal experience (bias, assumptions) influence your reaction to the various arguments?

Writing Objectives: Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing

Think about when you will quote information and when you will paraphrase. Quoting should be reserved for the best or most unique examples.