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What is synthesis?[change source]

Synthesis is combining material from multiple sources to reach or imply an idea or conclusion not stated word-for-word by any of the sources used. If one reliable source says A, and another reliable source says B, do not join A and B together to imply a conclusion C that is not mentioned by either of the sources. This would be a synthesis of published material to advance a new position, which is original research. "A and B, therefore C" is acceptable only if a reliable source has published the same argument in relation to the topic of the article.

Using this template[change source]

The default words "article or section" and the topic are both replaceable:

  • For the whole article, copy and paste:
{{Synthesis|article|date=<nowiki>{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}}}}
  • For a section within the article, use:
{{Synthesis|section|date=<nowiki>{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}}}}
  • If it's just a few sentences, consider using the {{syn}} template instead, by attaching it to the end of the problematic statements.

Links to the talk page[change source]

If the section of the talk page for discussing it is named, use the parameter |talksection=. For example:

{{Synthesis|article|date=<nowiki>{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}}|talksection=Synthesis debate}}

If no |talksection= parameter is used, the link will go to a talk-page section named "Synthesis" if one exists, otherwise it will simply direct the reader to the talk page.

Dating the tag[change source]

The |date= parameter can also be used to inform other editors of the time the tag has been in place. This template will categorise articles into Category:Articles that may contain original research according to the date given in this parameter.

Related pages[change source]

  • {{syn}} — the inline version of this template
  • {{Original research}} — for material not found in sources