In class you've learned about contextual rhetorical situations, including genre, purpose, audience, content (pathos, logos, ethos), and style. How can you apply this knowledge as you conduct your research? As you read or skim through the articles and books that you find, ask yourself:
What does the author want to prove?
Whom does the author represent or want to support? (An institution? A company?)
Who is the author's intended audience?
What feelings or thoughts does the author want you to experience as you read their work?