BEAM, source evaluation, one-shot instruction, checklists, source synthesis
BEAM is a schema for categorizing the rhetorical positions of authors according to the author’s intention or purpose of the information. The author critiques common methods of teaching source evaluation and proposes that instruction librarians teach BEAM to students who may struggle using a source once they have located it. A lesson plan is included as supplemental materials.
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Roach-Freiman, A. (2021). BEAM Me Up: Teaching Rhetorical Methods for Source Use and Synthesis. Communications in Information Literacy, 15 (2), 227–239. https://doi.org/10.15760/comminfolit.2021.15.2.5