The Craft of Research is an essential guide to the research process in any discipline. The authors provide clear guidance about how to get from a topic to a research question to a thesis (claim), and how to support claims with evidence.
Background: You use tertiary sources (subject encyclopedias, textbooks, overviews) to establish basic facts and definitions.
Exhibit: You analyze and interpret primary sources.
Argument: You evaluate and assess the arguments in academic secondary sources as a way to join the scholarly conversation.
Method: You use theories or disciplinary approaches when examining your topic.