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BEAM: Finding Useful Sources
As you're looking for sources, it can be helpful to think about them in terms of the different ways you will use them. The BEAM model can help you think about the different purposes that sources serve in your writing.
This handout outlines ways to think about how scholars incorporate sources into their writing!
Developed by Joseph Bizup, the acronym BEAM stands for: B - Background sources E - Exhibit sources (sources that set up a claim or that you use as an example) A - Argument sources (sources you engage with and add to, contradict, etc.) M - Methods sources (sometimes called theory sources, if you want to think of this as BEAT!)