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SSI2-117: Coming Out! The Gay Liberation Movement: Getting Started

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Stonewall Button

 

 

Use this guide to get started with your research

for SSI2 117: Coming Out! The Gay Liberation Movement

 

 

 

Fischer, Roger A., “Stonewall GLBT button,” Digital Public Library of America, https://dp.la/item/d806011815801aae4c25c918279b2c5a.

The Research Process

Types of Sources

In academic research, it's important to be able to distinguish between different types of sources.  These differences often are contextual, meaning that a single source might fit in different categories depending on how you are using it and in what academic discipline you are writing.

Primary sources are the raw materials of scholarship.

Secondary sources report on or interpret primary sources.

Tertiary sources synthesize and present overviews of primary and secondary sources.

Scholarly sources present sophisticated, researched arguments using both primary and secondary sources and are written by experts.

Popular sources aim to inform or entertain and are intended for a general, non-specialized audience.  In academic writing, popular sources most often are analyzed as primary sources.

The BEAM Framework

Research is connected to your writing. Relevant sources will address your questions and fit your purpose. BEAM is an acronym intended to help students think about the various ways we might use sources when writing a researched argument. Joseph Bizup, an English professor at Boston University, outlined the framework in a 2008 article. The idea has since been refined and adapted by many others.

Beam Model

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