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SSI1-153: Scientific Controversies: Working with Sources

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This guide is intended for students enrolled in SSI1-153: Scientific Controversies.  It provides an overview of research concepts and suggests strategies for undertaking research using the resources and services of Collins Library.

There are many ways to receive assistance with or feedback on your ongoing research!  

Quick Review: 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.

BEAM Framework

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.

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Work with a Peer Research Advisor!

Fall 2021

Hannah Bahls and Maya Horten are your Peer Research Advisors for 2021-22!
 
Beginning on September 12, Hannah and Maya will be available in Library 146 as follows:
 
Sundays:  6:00pm  to 9:00pm
Mondays: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesdays: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesdays: 6:00pm to 8:00pm