Library Research and the Writing Process

The writing process can be a way to explore and develop ideas. Integrating library research sources into one’s own ideas can result in original perspectives and reflects critical thinking. Critical thinking should be a vital part of the writing process and is an essential tool for students to evaluate information. Sometimes the writer’s ideas and arguments may change as the composition process proceeds. This is critical thinking in action and is a good thing.


Writing and library research complement each other. Research becomes a process of inquiry and not just fact-finding. Linking writing and research helps students expand the ways of using information. The writing process can help integrate the student’s creativity and original ideas into the research assignment.

Adapted from an interview with Andrea Baer, Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Washington and Masters in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee that originally appeared at Library Juice Academy News

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Old Greek proverb


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