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BIO 3320 Principles of Development

The BEAM Method: How various sources may be used in a paper

B - Background Sources

  • Any source used in a paper to provide context or background; cited information is regarded as non-controversial

E - Exhibit Sources

  • Documents, data, field/lab observations, visual images, or other artifacts/objects that the writer analyzes; particulars from the "exhibit" are evidence within your argument 

A - Argument Sources

  • The conversation of critical views and relevant scholarship that you are joining
  • Usually argument sources are other scholarly articles or papers
  • In nursing and sciences, often constitutes the “review of the literature”

M - Method of Theory Sources

  • References to the theories or methods the writer is employing (sometimes implicit but often explicit)

What is a synthesis?