Outlines the principles underlying the critical examination of evidence and describes in detail the chief branches of literary inquiry. Practical advice on bibliographical procedure and note-taking, and on the writing of scholarly papers; guides the student through the great American and British libraries; and reviews the rewards, obligations, and ethics of the profession.
The Craft of Research explains how to build an argument that motivates readers to accept a claim; how to anticipate the reservations of readers and to respond to them appropriately; and how to create introductions and conclusions that answer that most demanding question: So what?
This handy work lists the basic reference tools for all sorts of literary research. In the online version you can sign up for a free account and collect the resources that will help you with each research project. We have most, although not all, of the tools listed in the Guide.