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SSI2-149: Creationism v. Evolutionism: 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.

Background & Overviews

Tertiary sources, such as subject encyclopedias, are excellent starting points in your research.  Use them to find:

  • Helpful overviews of key facts:  who? what? when?
     
  • Bibliographies of especially significant scholarly work.
     
  • 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.

Online encyclopedias can be accessed via PRIMO, the library's discovery platform. 

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

Of those listed below, GVRL and SAGE are likely to give you the most and the best results!

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Work with a Peer Research Advisor!

Fall 2020

Hannah Turner and Allie Highsmith are your Peer Research Advisors for 2020-21!
 
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Appointments

Allie and Hannah are also available for individual appointments.  Go to our Schedule a Research Appointment page, click the request button, and select either Hannah or Allie from the drop-down menu to see what appointment times they have available.