“How long has it been,” you ask. “How long has it been since I was enlightened by The Craft of Research’s words of wisdom?” Well, you’re in luck. Because here, before you, are not one, but TWO quotes from Booth, Colomb, and Williams! These quotes discuss not only finding sources for a research argument, but also how to utilize that research in an engaging way.
(I’m assuming that this is how you are feeling now that your boys are back)
“If you can read, read important sources twice” (87).
This goes for any source that you would use in any type of paper. I know that for me, when I read something once, I barely retain any of the important information; I really just try to find the basic ideas of the reading. By looking over it a second time, you can find the smaller details and the finer arguments that are worth exploring further and expanding upon or refuting in your argument.
“The logic of a research argument is rarely original. Readers will look for originality in your problem, claim, and evidence” (93).
I never really thought about this until I read it in the book but now that I have, I think it is a completely legitimate statement to make. I know that for my capstone paper, I am looking at a theme that is not that original: gender in fairy tales. But what I am exploring and claiming about gender and the view that I am looking at the problem from is what (I hope) is original. The claims that I am making about modern versions of fairy tales in regards to gender are different than what is out there in the research world currently.
Until next time.
explore. muse. create.
Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. Third ed. Chicago: U of Chicago, 2008. Print.