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SSI1-139: The Third Wave: Rock After the Beatles: Using Sources

BEAM Framework

BEAM is a framework for thinking about the various ways in which a resource might be used to make a researched argument.

What could a writer do with this source?

Background: general information, establish facts

Exhibit: explicate, interpret, analyze

Argument: affirm, dispute, refine, extend

Method: critical lens, key terms, theory, style, perspective, discourse


Practice Using Sources for Research

Working in pairs, you will examine one set of sources below to consider how you would use it in addressing a research question about the legacy of Prince. If the source is lengthy, scan the introduction and the conclusion. Consider the following questions as you evaluate the source:

  • What argument does your source make? Find a sentence that best encapsulates its argument.
  • In the context of the research question, how would you categorize the source? Popular or scholarly?  How do you know?
  • Would you use it as a primary, secondary, or tertiary source?  Why?
  • How do you think this source might help you explore the research question? In other words, what would it contribute to your project?
  • Using the BEAM framework, how could this source be used to make a researched argument? Why do you think so?



Stiegler, Zack. "'Slave 2 the System': Prince and the Strategic Performance of Slavery." Journal Of Popular Music Studies 21, no. 2 (2009): 213-239
Found in: MLA International Bibliography

Prince's legacy includes music, black activism." South Florida Times, April 28, 2016., 1A-2A.
Found in: Regional Business News Plus


Pareles, Jon. "A Singular, Meticulous Master of Pop Music and Stagecraft." New York Times, Apr 22, 2016, Late Edition (East Coast).
Found in: Research Library

Schonfeld, Zach. "Rest in Purple." Newsweek Global 166, no. 17 (May 6, 2016): 56
Found in: Masterfile Premier


Ramos, N. J. "Toward an Epistemology of Prince." Journal of Popular Music Studies, 26 (2014): 431–444.
Found in: Academic Search Premier


Ollison, Rashod. "Prince & His Evolution. (cover story)." Jet 118, no. 1 (July 5, 2010): 28.
Found in: Masterfile Premier

Christian, Margena A. "PRINCE: Royal Rocker Still Reigns After 25 Years Of Music. (cover story)." Jet 105, no. 17 (April 26, 2004): 58.
Found in: Masterfile Premier


Till, Rupert. "The personality cult of Prince: Purple Rain, sex and the sacred, and the implicit religion surrounding a popular icon." Implicit Religion 13, no. 2 (July 2010): 141-159
Found in: ATLA Religion Database


Levy, Joe, et al. "1958-2016 Prince. (Cover story)." Rolling Stone no. 1261 (May 19, 2016): 40-50.
Found in: Academic Search Premier

Coker, Cheo Hodari. "Prince After Dark. (cover story)." Essence 45, no. 2 (June 2014): 72.  - interview
Found in: Masterfile Premier


Stuckey, J. Ken. "Prince's Legacy: 'Set your mind free'." The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide 23.5 (2016): 20+.
Found in: Gale Literature Resource Center

Sexton, Paul. "How Prince changed the biz." Music Week, May 02, 2016., 22-24,
Found in: Business Source Premier


Woodworth, Griffin. "Prince, Miles, and Maceo: Horns, Masculinity, and the Anxiety of Influence." Black Music Research Journal 33, no. 2 (Fall, 2013): 117-150.