Different academic disciplines will value different aspects of sources and how one uses them.
The discipline of history privileges the two vowels in the BEAM framework:
EXHIBIT: Historians analyze and interpret primary sources.
ARGUMENT: Historians join a scholarly conversation by placing their analysis and interpretation in dialog with the work of other historians. Historians publish their work in the form of scholarly articles and monographs (scholarly books).
The discipline of anthropology emphasizes methods/theory:
EXHIBIT: Anthropologists undertake field observations of a group.
ARGUMENT: Anthropologists join a scholarly conversation by placing their analysis and interpretation in dialog with the work of other social scientists. They publish their work in the form of scholarly articles and ethnographic studies (scholarly books).
METHOD: Anthropologists apply competing social theories to their data to test the validity of said theories.
Tertiary sources, such as subject encyclopedias and textbooks, are excellent starting points in your research. Use them to find:
Large digital collections of subject encyclopedias can be accessed via several publisher-based platforms: