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
An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources that includes a brief description and an evaluative paragraph about each source. Write the annotation in complete sentences. If you quote text from the source, you must cite it. The average length of an annotation is about 100-150 words (about 7-10 sentences). An annotated bibliography helps the reader understand the particular usefulness of each item. The ideal annotated bibliography shows the relationships among individual items and may compare their strengths or shortcomings.
An annotation is a brief summary of a book, article, or other publication. An abstract is also a summary, but there is a difference between the two. An abstract is simply a summary of a work, whereas the purpose of an annotation is to describe the work in such a way that the reader can decide whether or not to read the work itself.
An annotated bibliography typically includes the following elements:
A good annotation summarizes and evaluates each source. In the example below, notice how the student does the following:
Example of an annotation:
London, Herbert. "Five Myths of the Television Age." Television Quarterly 10 (1) Spring 1982: 81-89.
Herbert London, the Dean of Journalism at New York University and author of several books and articles, explains how television contradicts five commonly believed ideas. He uses specific examples of events seen on television, such as the assassination of John Kennedy, to illustrate his points. His examples have been selected to contradict such truisms as: "seeing is believing"; "a picture is worth a thousand words"; and "satisfaction is its own reward." London uses logical arguments to support his ideas which are his personal opinion. He doesn't refer to any previous works on the topic; however, for a different point of view, one should refer to Joseph Patterson's, "Television is Truth" (The Journal of Television 45 (6) November/December 1995: 120-135). London's style and vocabulary would make the article of interest to any reader. The article clearly illustrates London's points, but does not explore their implications, leaving the reader with many unanswered questions.
The above example is adapted from Memorial University Libraries' "How to Write Annotated Bibliographies."
For the purpose of this exercise, we'll use the following as our research question: Why was Black Panther considered culturally significant for African-Americans when the only African-Americans characters in the film were stereotypical "urban youth" and the film's villian?
Read the following article: Tompkins, Joe. 2018. “Woke Hollywood, All Hype the Black Panther.” Film Criticism 42 (4): 1–5. doi:10.3998/fc.13761232.0042.403.