Textual Research

Textual Research is the process of engaging in dialogs with texts and intepretations of texts.

Textual Research may also be called hermeneutics, dialectics, or scholarship.

Textual Research is

Synonyms: Scholarly Research, Academic Writing, Hermeneutics, Dialectic.


Researchers engage in Textual Research

Synonyms: Secondary Research, Hermeneutical Research, Interpretive Research, Academic Research, Library Research, Desk Research, Review of Literature


As human beings, we engage in textual research when we read and discuss texts. This might involve

  • reading a road sign, a plane schedule
  • search the internet or research databases
  • read books, articles, and texts.

At Writing Commons, we provide strategies for engaging in Secondary Research @ Information Literacy.

“to be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information”

American Library Association, 1989

Additional articles on Textual-methods:

  1. Search the Library Catalog

    Understand how to search for books, journals, government documents, and media that you can access through your college or university...

  2. Understanding How Conversations Change Over Time

    For example, you arrive somewhere to meet two friends and discover that they are discussing where to go to dinner...