As part of your information gathering process, you will find many sources on your topic. To determine which sources are the best for you, consider how you will use these sources in your Argumentative Essay.
Before you can decide if a source is right for you, it's important to think about how you'll be using that source in your research, writing, and speaking. Any type of source could be appropriate for a research assignment, depending on how you use it. The BEAM framework helps you think this through. BEAM stands for: Background, Exhibit, Argument, Method.
Background Sources provide information that is accepted as unquestionable fact
Exhibit Sources include the actual data/phenomena/artifacts a writer is interpreting or analyzing
Argument Sources include information from other authors you are agreeing with, disagreeing with, or building upon
Method Sources are materials that influence how you think about, engage with, and understand your topic
Bizup, Joseph. "BEAM: A Rhetorical Vocabulary for Teaching Research-Based Writing." Rhetoric Review 27, no. 1 (2008): 72-86.
This resource was inspired by Jaclyn Spraetz's guide on Evaluating Sources, Heidelberg University (2017).