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PIT FYS - Love and Loathing in Los Angeles - Prof. Ballagh - FA 2017

Assignment overview

Welcome! This guide is designed specifically to support you in doing research for your Love and Loathing in Los Angeles research assignment.

Write a research proposal on any topic of interest to you  related to Los Angeles or Southern California.

Your prompt explains that you will need need to complete the following tasks:

  1. Provide introductory/background/conceptual information about the topic of your choice and its relevance to the themes of the course.
  2. Engage with scholarship that makes arguments and posits claims about aspects of your research topic.
  3. Use sound methodology to convince the reader you've correctly analyzed the problem.

Use the menu to the left to find a list of recommended places to start your research and tips and tricks to access and choose your sources. 

Find the spreadsheet we're using in class to explore your topics here.

BEAM method of using sources

When developing a research proposal, it's important to recognize how sources will build upon, inform, and interact with your own research.

The BEAM method, developed by Joseph Bizzup, a rhetoric professor, provides a good model.

beam method for using sources

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