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SSI2-117: Coming Out! The Gay Liberation Movement: Getting Started

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for SSI2 117: Coming Out! The Gay Liberation Movement




Fischer, Roger A., “Stonewall GLBT button,” Digital Public Library of America, 

The Research Process

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.

The 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.

Beam Model

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Peer Research Advising

Fall 2021

Kai Bahls and Maya Horten are your Peer Research Advisors for 2021-22! 

Beginning on September 12, Kai and Maya will be available in Library 146 as follows:

Sundays:  6:00pm  to 9:00pm

Mondays: 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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