Synthesizing Ideas in a Spreadsheet

 Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Doug


Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Doug

Once you find more than four or five sources, it can be difficult to keep track of the ways you might compare and contrast the information found in each source.

Activity

  1. Without looking at your sources, identify 2-5 themes of information that develop over multiple sources (not necessarily all of them).
  2. Create a table in a Word, Excel, or Google Doc or Spreadsheet. Use this spreadsheet as an example (you may also COPY this spreadsheet to your own document).
  3. Input your theme ideas into the final columns in the spreadsheet.
  4. Fill out a row for each source you have. Do not just mark yes/no that the source discusses this theme; instead, include brief notes on how the source discusses the theme, including what reasons and evidence it uses.
  5. Share-out: In the comments thread below, upload a document with your notes or provide a link to where you have posted your notes elsewhere (make sure they are posted publicly).