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SSI2-168: Zen Insights and Oversights: Getting Started

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.

Online Subject Encyclopedia Collections

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.

Specific online encyclopedias can be searched for and accessed via PRIMO, the library's discovery platform.

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

Recommended Subject Encyclopedias

The following subject encyclopedias are likely to be especially useful for this course.

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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
 
 

Need help with citations?

If you have any questions about when or how to cite the sources you are using, consult the library's Citation Tools page.  If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to ask any librarian! We're here to help you!