I want to point you to a great post on research and writing by Jeanne Kisacky. It is probably the most well articulated article on research I have read. When I read this post, I truly knew that the author had experienced the ins and outs of research--that she understood how research is great on the one hand but can become a controlling monster on the other.
I felt like she'd been sitting in my home office, staring over my shoulder while I was researching. 8-) Here's the link: