Very readable manual with lots of good advice - in particular, Luker provides valuable strategies for:
- differentiating between an area of interest and a research question
- defining the relevant parts of a potentially infinite research literature
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?”
Understanding how scholars use sources in writing (BEAM and I-BEAM)
BEAM: A Rhetorical Vocabulary for Teaching Research-Based Writing (Joseph Bizup)
This article proposes four main ways that academic writers use external sources (texts) in their writing: for background information; for arguments to affirm, dispute, or complicate; as data or a text to analyze; or for a method or approach.
I-BEAM: Instance Source Use and Research Writing Pedagogy (Phillip Troutman & Mark Mullen)