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Information Literacy: A Portal for Faculty: The BEAM Framework

Craft of Research

The BEAM Framework works well when used in conjunction with Sections 2 and 3 in The Craft of Research. For example, Chapter 6 (in Section 2) invites students to actively engage with their sources; the BEAM framework gives them one such way to do so.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact:

Peggy Burge
Coordinator of Teaching, Learning & Digital Humanities
Collins Library 131


BEAM Framework

BEAM is an acronym intended to help students think about the various ways we might use sources when writing a researched argument. Joseph Bizup, an English professor at Boston University, outlined the framework in a 2008 article. The idea has since been refined and adapted by many others.