Sometimes it is overwhelming to compare, contrast, and synthesize all of the primary and secondary data you have collected. Try starting small.
- Identify one specific piece of primary data or one specific secondary source.
- Systematically compare and contrast (note similarities and differences) that individual piece with all the similar pieces (so all the other data or all the other secondary sources). If you have too much, compare and contrast to representative types of primary data or secondary sources.
For example, pick one of your scholarly articles. Identify all of the similarities and differences between it and your other articles. Points you might compare include:
- Author: You do not necessarily have to see the same author, but is it the same type of author (e.g., academic with PhD, expert based on experience, etc.)?
- Argument: Do the pieces argue for the same general idea/thesis?
- Reasons: What reasons does the article use or sub-issues does the article cover?
- Evidence: What types of evidence do the articles use?
- Publication process: When, where, and how was the source published?
3. Share-out: Copy/paste or upload your results below in the comments thread.