Research Texts

You do a form of research every time you write analyses or interpretations of texts—reading and rereading is the research. You also research when you compare one text to another or track down the dates of this or that historical event in encyclopedias, dictionaries, and reference works. And you do text-based research when you scan a CD-ROM disk or log onto the Internet—your textual and graphical printouts become useful, hard data. When you use text-based research carefully (and here I don't mean stringing together a bunch of quotes because they're handy) you add a whole extra dimension of credibility to whatever you are writing about. When you add strong quotations from named sources, you also add life and energy to your writing.

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