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
Working in pairs, you will examine one set of sources below to consider how you would use it in addressing a research question about celebrity and Michael Jackson. 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.
Johnson, Robert E. "The Michael Jackson Nobody Knows." Ebony 40, no. 2 (December 1984): 155-162
Hidalgo, Susan. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin': MJ in the Scholarly Literature: A Selected Bibliographic Guide." Journal of Pan African Studies 3, no. 7 (March 2010).
Hollander, Paul. 2010. "Michael Jackson, the Celebrity Cult, and Popular Culture." Society 47, no. 2: 147-152. Click on the pdf in the left column to read the fulltext
Found in: Academic Search Premier
"Jackson Michael." In Encyclopedia of Popular Music, edited by Larkin, Colin. : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Found in: Oxford Reference Online
Gavin, James. "Jackson, Michael." African American National Biography, edited by Ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr..
Found in: Oxford African American Studies Center