Use this guide to get started with your research for SSI1 141: Architectures of Power
For your upcoming presentation and essay assignment, you'll need to read and engage with one scholarly secondary source on a broad theme connected to the cultural and/or historical context of Matt Ruff's Lovecraft Country.
The resources and strategies listed on this course guide are intended to help you get started.
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.
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.
Kai Bahls and Maya Horten are your Peer Research Advisors for 2021-22!
You can schedule an appointment with them here.
Kai and Maya are available in Library 146 for drop-in hours at the following times:
No appointments necessary, just drop by!