Synthesis Writing

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Sandra Jamieson of Drew University clarifies for you the three key features of Synthesis Writing (1999):


  1. It accurately reports information from the sources using different phrases and sentences
  2. It is organized in such a way that readers can immediately see where the information from the sources overlap.
  3. It makes sense of the sources and helps the reader understand them in greater depth.

And Ed Boyden, award-winning MIT brain researcher reminds us to:

”Synthesize new ideas constantly. Never read passively. Annotate, model, think, and synthesize while you read, even when you’re reading what you conceive to be introductory stuff. That way, you will always aim towards understanding things at a resolution fine enough for you to be creative.”

Ed Boyden, How To Think, According To This Winner Of The Brain Prize, 2016

Writing Support

Examples of plagiarism
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Writing In-Text Citations
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OSU Online Writing Center
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OSU Academic Integrity Tutorials
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NetTutor
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English Composition Spark Chart
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Email Etiquette

Ugh! Instructor's Top 12

  1. A “site” is a location or place (even a web site). “Sight” refers to vision. “Cite” refers to the source.
  2. To “excel” means to do well whereas “Excel” is the proper name of a computer application.
  3. “Police officer” is gender neutral whereas “Policeman” is not.
  4. “Chair of the Board” rather than “Chairman of the Board”
  5. “Writers should sharpen their eyes” rather than “a writer should sharpen her eyes”
  6. “To boldly go where we have never gone before” instead of “to boldly go where no man has gone before”
  7. “Your” is possessive of “you” and “you're” is a contraction for “you are."
  8. “There” is a place. “They're” is a contraction for “they are.” “Their” is possessive for “they.”
  9. “Who” and “whom” refer to people. “Which” refers to animals or things. “That” can refer to either persons or things.
  10. “Too” means “also”. “Two” is a number. “To” references a direction, affect, or relationship.
  11. “Its” is the possessive form of “it.” “It's” is the contraction of “it is.”
  12. “Then” shows sequence. “Than” compares nouns.

Avoid Writing Problems

Avoid plagiarism, cheating, and copyright infringement.

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