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SSI1-192: Elvis & MJ: The Image of the Kings: 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 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.

  • 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?

1.

Johnson, Robert E. "The Michael Jackson Nobody Knows." Ebony 40, no. 2 (December 1984): 155-162

Chei, S. L., & Dion Hoe-Lian Goh. (2013). "Gone too soon": Did Twitter Grieve for Michael Jackson?" Online Information Review, 37(3), 462-478.
Found in: ProQuest Research Library

2.

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

3.

Fast, Susan. "Difference that Exceeded Understanding: Remembering Michael Jackson (1958-2009)." Popular Music & Society 33, no. 2 (May 2010): 259-266 - Note: Click on the pdf link to access the fulltext.
Found in: Academic Search Premier
 
4.
 
Waldron, Clarence. "MICHAEL JACKSON 1958-2009 Innovative Megastar. (cover story)." Jet, July 20, 2009., 34-45. - Note: Click on the pdf link to access the fulltext.
Found in: MAS Ultra School Edition
 
Markowitz, Robin. "Jackson, Michael (1958–2009)." In St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, 2nd ed., edited by Thomas Riggs, 54-57. Vol. 3. Detroit: St. James Press, 2013.
Found in: Gale Virtual Reference Library
 
5.
 
Bayer, Konrad S.  "The Semiosis of Soul: Michael Jackson's Use of Popular Music Conventions." Journal of Pan African Studies 3, no. 7 (March 2010).
 

6.

"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

7.
 
Lawler, Peter. "Celebrity Studies Today." Society 47, no. 5 (September 2010): 419-423. - Note: Click on the pdf link to access the fulltext.
Found in: Academic Search Premier
 
 
Epstein, Debbie, and Deborah Lynn Steinberg. "The Face of Ruin: Evidentiary Spectacle and the Trial of Michael Jackson." Social Semiotics 17, no. 4 (December 2007): 441-458 - Click on the pdf in the left column to read the fulltext
Found in: Academic Search Premier
 
8.
 
Kyllonen, Hanna E. "The Darker Side of Fame: Celebrity Deaths, Tabloid Culture and the Death Industry." International Journal Of The Humanities 8, no. 3 (June 2010): 129-137.
Found in: Humanities International Complete
 
Williams, Armstrong. "Michael Jackson's legacy." New York Amsterdam News, July 02, 2009, 13.
Found in: MasterFile Premier