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BEAM Model

Things to keep in mind

  • A single source can often include more than one BEAM facet.  For example:
    • An article could offer both Background information and an Argument about a topic.
    • A single paragraph or sentence might contain both an Argument and an Exhibit illuminating it.
  • The type of source may impact which BEAM facets it offers readers.  For example:
    • Encyclopedia articles are likely to provide Background information about an Exhibit.
    • Scholarly or academic sources are likely to provide Arguments and Methods (perhaps in addition to Background and Exhibits).
  • BEAM can help you identify gaps in the types of information you have gathered.  Use it to assess your overall collection of sources to help you see if you need more of a certain type of information for your writing.
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