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FEPPS Support: Introduction

This guide provides resources and guidance related to library services for those supporting FEPPS students.


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.

Need a quick review?  Take the online tutorial, which includes a self-assessment quiz at the end.

Assisting in Research

The key to assisting people with their research is truly understanding their needs, even when those individuals might be a bit uncertain what they're looking for. This can be challenging under any circumstances, but it's especially challenging when you can't ask for clarification. 

​Closely reading assignments and communications from the students you're assisting can go a long way in identifying what kinds of resources might be most useful to the student.

BEAM Framework

BEAM is an acronym intended to help you think about the various ways researchers 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.

Ben Tucker, Digital Services & Outreach Librarian

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Ben Tucker
Collins Memorial Library
1500 N. Warner St.
CMB 1021
Tacoma, WA 98416-1021
+1 (253) 879-3667

Research Request Form

This form is for FEPPS students to fill out to request research assistance from University of Puget Sound student-assistants.