Using a matrix for analysing literature


“matrix” pose by Stefano Mortellaro Attribution-NonCommercial License

A literature review is not just a summary of the literature. Instead it is a synthesis that draws together the literature in a new way, often to answer a question. It needs an organising structure that threads through it and one of the tools that may help you find this organising structure is a matrix.

These two articles provide brief introduction to matrices for literature reviewing.

Sally Jensen (2013) A Synthesis Matrix as a Tool for Analyzing and Synthesizing Prior Research, Academic Coaching & Writing Dissertation Doctor Blog,

Laura Ingram, James Hussey, Michelle Tigani, and Mary Hemmelgarn (2006) Writing A Literature Review and Using a Synthesis Matrix, NC State University Writing and Speaking Tutorial Service


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