I. Synthesis of Information
a. Use critical thinking to synthesize and evaluate the information you have gathered during your research. Use this section to emphasize important ideas andtrends identified in the literature, and explain their importance.
b. Consider the following information:
1. The importance of the topic may be established by citing statistics that indicate how many individuals are affected by the particular problem.
2. Start with a conceptual definition of a key variable, followed by statements and statistics emphasizing the importance of the problem area.
3. Write a topic-by-topic description of relevant research. Provide major and minor subheadings to guide readers through a long literature review.
4. Identify issues or areas where research evidence is inconclusive or contradictory.
5. Discuss any implications or needs for further studies identified in your research.