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POM ID 1 - Language and Food - Prof. Paster - FA 2017

Assignment overview

See the Spreadsheet we used in class here.

Your assignments ask you to develop an arguable, novel claim that explores that relationship between language and food.

You will need a combination of background, argument, exhibit, and method-based sources.

Background sources help you to identity the theories, theorists, concepts, and history of your particular topic. In your paper, they may help you to provide context to your argument and answer the question, "why should I care about this?"

Argument sources help you identify what researchers already know or don't know about your topic. In your paper, the arguments made in these sources are used to refine or extend your own argument.

Exhibit sources are artifacts you analyze in order to make your argument. They may come from popular, non-scholarly places like food blogs and cookbooks; they may come from your own observations; or they may come from scholarly sources if you're looking at the way research has developed over time.

Method sources provide guidance and justification for your method of analysis. These will typically come from scholarly sources that explain or use that particular method.

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. 

BEAM method of using sources

When developing a research article or assignment, 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

Organize your research

Citation mangers are tools that organize your research and help you save time. You can even create bibliographies and in-text citations!

The library supports two citation managers:

  • Zotero is a free, open-source tool that lives in your browser. There are plug-ins for Microsoft Office so you can use it to cite in-text.
  • RefWorks is a subscription-based tool. There are plug-ins for Microsoft Office so you can use it to cite in-text. RefWorks requires a Claremont Colleges Library log-in, but you can continue to use it even after you graduate.

See below for guides on using each of these tools.

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