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English: ENG 215 Intro. to Literature by Women (Verge)


What could you as a researcher and writer do with an information source?


BEAM: A Rhetorical Vocabulary for Teaching Research-Based Writing Author(s): Joseph Bizup Source: Rhetoric Review, Vol. 27, No. 1 (2008), pp. 72-86 Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. Stable URL:

Research Overview


Information Need


How Will You Use this Information in your Paper?

Background information

(overview of topic)

  • To get up to speed on the topic
  • In a written introduction to this topic in your paper


Historical information about the time period, setting, etc.


  • Relate the setting of the time period and events that occurred in that time period to the themes within the text (social, cultural)
  • Provides Background on a society’s “rules and conventions” at a particular time period
  • Will help strengthen your Argument


Author biographical information

Make a connection with the author’s Background and a deeper understanding of why the author may have written the piece.


Your literary piece


Use your source as example and evidence for analysis  (Exhibit)


Critical analysis of your chosen text


To provide different interpretations of the piece (Argument)


Scholarly research on the topic

(Psychological, societal, cultural perspectives)

  • Scholar/expert support of themes within the piece
  • Will help strengthen your Argument
  • May provide various Methods and Techniques (key terms, theory, perspective, discourse)

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