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Public Health 190 (Bradman)

Does the Dose Make the Poison? Introduction to Toxicology and Risk Assessment

Literature Review: Synthesis Matrix/Templates


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Literature Search and review on your topic

Questions to ask: 

  • What are the key sources?
  • What are the key theories, concepts and ideas?
  • What are the epistemological and ontological grounds for the discipline?
  • What are the main questions and problems that have been addressed? 
  • How is knowledge on the topic structures and organized
  • What are the origins and definitions of the topic?
  • What are the political standpoints?
  • What are the major issues and debates about the topic?

How have approaches to these questions increased our understanding and knowledge? 

Research Synthesis: Utah State University Libraries (3:07)

This video from USU Libraries walks you through the process for synthesizing multiple sources and as well as your own arguments for your literature review.