9. You should try to find much more material than you need, since not all of it will be useful. First, you must separate the reliable sources from the unreliable, and the ones you have access to from the ones you will not be able to see or, in the case of foreign languages, understand. That still may leave many sources, and you will have to decide where to start. A recent general introduction to the topic or perhaps the textbook for your course might allow you to figure out what you need next. Sometimes a book review is helpful. A review in the periodical Art Bulletin , for example, usually surveys all of the relevant scholarly literature on the subject before getting to the book being reviewed. This type of review offers a quick way to get at least one scholar’s opinion of what is useful and what isn’t.
An appendix typically includes data and supporting documents used by the writer to develop the report. Though such information should be of potential use to the reader ( not treated as an opportunity for padding ), it would disrupt the flow of the argument if included in the main body of the text.