As you read, you'll encounter various ideas, disagreements, methods, and perspectives which can be hard to organize in a meaningful way a synthesis matrix helps you record the main points of each source and document how sources relate to each other literature review: synthesizing multiple sources. Writing a literature review and using a synthesis matrix my professor says i have to write a literature review, what do i do well, to begin, you have to know that when writing a literature review, the goal of the researcher is to determine the current state of knowledge about a particular topic by asking, “what do we know or. 5 days ago relevant to students from any discipline includes contributions from both a professor and a librarian health sciences literature review made easy: the matrix method (2010) available online by judith garrard develops better understand scientific literature by instilling the essential skills (via the matrix. Lit review matrix pp 1 literature reviews: the matrix method 2 matrix method: overview paper trail documents section review matrix synthesis 3 paper trail a record of lists and notes to keep track of what you have done as you complete the search key words key sources. Literature review rembrandt klopper sam lubbe hemduth rugbeer abstract in this contribution we document the concept matrix method of literature review that could be used as conceptual scaffolding at the beginning of a problem- based research project when the researcher's knowledge about the subject is finite and. Literature review matrix the matrix method is one way of working on your literature review to do their literature review more efficiently use a table in word with a row for each of your sources develop columns based on key themes in your paper with room for more columns that emerge from your readings.
A synthesis matrix helps you record the main points of each source and document how sources relate to each other after summarizing and evaluating your sources, arrange them in a matrix to help you see how they relate to each other, and apply to each of your themes or variables by arranging your. This section of the guide focuses on 'the matrix method', a method of abstracting relevant information from the literature on a research topic by classifying it into a series of subtopics as a means of systematically organizing the layout of the synthesized literature review this method employs the use of a review matrix, which. As you read and evaluate your literature there are several different ways to organize your research courtesy of dr gary burkholder in the school of psychology, these sample matrices are one option to help organize your articles these documents allow you to compile details about your sources, such as the foundational.
Begin with a synthesis matrix as you read, you'll encounter various ideas, disagreements, methods, and perspectives which can be hard to organize in a meaningful way a synthesis matrix helps you record the main points of each source and document how sources relate to each other literature review: synthesizing. The information found in this guide was adapted from the following book it can be found in the gumberg library's general collection and is available to read online health sciences literature review made easy: the matrix method judith garrard a printed version of an earlier edition is available at: r1186.
The mistake that many dissertation writers make when they try to write a review of literature is they describe and summarize individual sources rather than analyzing and synthesizing them critical below is a matrix that may be useful in reviewing the methods and limitations of quantitative studies. From the publisher: this resource will help students better understand scientific literature by instilling the essential skills (via the matrix method) needed to critically evaluate article findings the fundamental principles of searching, organizing, reviewing, and synthesizing are covered at the most basic level it will help. Overview of how to get started writing a health sciences literature review using a spreadsheet or table to organize the key elements (eg subjects, methodologies, results) of articles/books you plan to use in your literature review can health sciences literature review made easy: the matrix method by judith garrard.