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English 105

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BEAM Method

We have spent a lot of time talking about different types of sources and how to evaluate the quality of those sources. But a source is only as strong as how you use it in your paper. You can use a variety of types of sources to provide background information (in this case for your reader), exhibit, argument, or method. We will discuss each of these using the BEAM Method. 

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Background Sources- Provides an overview of a topic, core concepts or basic facts. 

  • Providing the reader basic information about your topic. THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN THE BACKGROUND INFORMATION YOU FOUND WITH CREDO!
  • Noncontroversial, well established information in the field
  • Can be common knowledge, and therefore does not necessarily need to be cited. 
    • If in doubt cite your sources!

Exhibit Sources - generally works of literature, collected data, observed event that you need to analyze. 

  • used to provide an example or give evidence for a claim
  • News or popular sources can be great places to find descriptions of events to use as exhibit sources. 

Argument Sources - information from other authors you are agreeing with, disagreeing with, or building upon. 

  • puts your research in context of other scholarship on your topic. 
  • More than likely scholarly sources. 

Method Sources - sources that provide underlying framework for your argument. 

  • For some research, this will literally be the methods you use to collect data. 
  • Can be a set of key terms, or a general model or perspective you are writing under.
  • Since methods, like  background knowledge, are often common knowledge in a given discipline, they can sometimes go uncited.

Examples