Texts can be used in different ways in your paper, depending on what purpose you want it to fulfill.
You can distinguish between the texts you use as inspiration or basis for further literary search, and the texts you actively use in your paper.
Often, it is important that you do not only reproduce the argumentation from your text, but also use them to build and make your own argumentation and produce some form of new knowledge.
For instance, texts in a paper can be used:
- As a primary source for analysing, criticising or evaluating
- As a way to introduce your own work and as a basis for explaining your work
- To support and justify your claims and argumentations
- To define your methodological or theoretical approach