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SSI2-129: Religion on the Border: Boundaries of Religion and Politics: Getting Started

This research guide has been created to specifically help students enrolled in SSI2-129.   For additional information on navigating library resources during the Spring 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, please go to Remote Access to Library Services and Resources.  Please don't hesitate to ask for research help!

BEAM Framework

BEAM is an acronym intended to help you think about the various ways you 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.

The BEAM Framework and Researching/Writing in the Disciplines

Different academic disciplines will value different aspects of sources and how one uses them. 

 

The discipline of history privileges the two vowels in the BEAM framework:

EXHIBIT:  Historians analyze and interpret primary sources.

ARGUMENT:  Historians join a scholarly conversation by placing their analysis and interpretation in dialog with the work of other historians.  Historians publish their work in the form of scholarly articles and monographs (scholarly books).

 

The discipline of anthropology emphasizes methods/theory:

EXHIBIT:  Anthropologists undertake field observations of a group.

ARGUMENT: Anthropologists join a scholarly conversation by placing their analysis and interpretation in dialog with the work of other social scientists.  They publish their work in the form of scholarly articles and ethnographic studies (scholarly books).

METHOD:  Anthropologists apply competing social theories to their data to test the validity of said theories.

Background & Overviews

Tertiary sources, such as subject encyclopedias and textbooks, are excellent starting points in your research.  Use them to find:

  • Helpful overviews of key facts:  who? what? when?
  • Bibliographies of especially key scholarly works.
  • Identification of important primary sources.
  • Brief descriptions of main scholarly arguments:  how? why?

At Collins Library, you can access subject encyclopedias in a variety of formats: print, ebook, or via larger digital collections.

Print encyclopedias are located on the first floor of the library, across from the Learning Commons. An example:

Online encyclopedias can be accessed via PRIMO, the library's discovery platform.  An example:

Large digital collections of subject encyclopedias can be accessed via several publisher-based platforms:

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Work with a Peer Research Advisor!

Fall 2020

Hannah Turner and Allie Highsmith are your Peer Research Advisors for 2020-21!
 
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Allie and Hannah are also available for individual appointments.  Go to our Schedule a Research Appointment page, click the request button, and select either Hannah or Allie from the drop-down menu to see what appointment times they have available.