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EN1120/1140: College Composition I and II (Stafford)

Research, Learning & Assessment Services Librarian

Tensy Marcos-Bodker, MLS, JD
Greenlease Library, Room 103

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Library Offerings

  • The library has an online catalog that lists most materials in the library collection such as DVDs, videos, kits and books. 
  • Greenlease Library is a government depository and some of these materials are in the process of being added to the online catalog. 
  • The library has a periodical holdings catalog to assist in searching for journals, magazines, or newspapers, which the library subscribes to full text or has indexed in an electronic resource. 
  • Wireless networked laptops, earphones, cassette player/recorder, and a mouse are available for check-out and use within the library for a two hour time period. 
  • There is a multi-media room with a DVD/VCR/TV combination on the Mezzanine level of the library. The multi-media room key can be checked out for a four hour period of time at the Circulation Desk.

Library Services

Welcome to the Rockhurst University Greenlease Library. The staff wants to make your use of the Greenlease Library as smooth as possible. Here are some basic facts about the library that you will find useful.

More information about library services is available on our website.

Help with your Research

  • In person at the reference desk
  • Call us at 816-501-4116
  • Via chat on the library’s website
  • Email your questions to
  • The library offers subject and course guides to help guide you to the best resources for your assignment

Check Out Library Materials

  • Check out books, dvds, cds, and more for 3 weeks at a time with up to two renewals (Students must have a Rockhurst issued student ID to check out materials)
  • Locate materials using the library catalog and request items unavailable at Rockhurst through MOBIUS

Find Articles Using Library Databases

  • Use the databases to find journal, newspaper, and magazine articles
  • Access library databases 24/7 off campus using your Rockhurst ID and password

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • We can get you materials we do not own from other libraries!
  • To place an ILL request select “Interlibrary Loan Requests” on the library’s homepage

How to Use a Source

Your professor may require certain types of sources, so it’s important to understand the differences between types of sources, such as a peer-reviewed article versus a popular one. It may also be helpful to think about at what stage of the research project a source may be useful. Reference sources, such as encyclopedias, are useful when reading for background information, but you’ll want to read more specialized sources and arguments when exploring your research question.

More important than identifying the type of source, however, is how you use them. Any type of source might be appropriate for a research project, depending on how you use it.

In discussing the usefulness of different types of sources, we will use the BEAM method:

  • Background: using a source to provide general information to explain the topic. For example, the use of a Wikipedia page on the Pledge of Allegiance to explain the relevant court cases and changes the Pledge has undergone.
  • Exhibit: using a source as evidence or examples to analyze. For a literature paper, this would be a poem you are analyzing. For a history paper, a historical document you are analyzing. For a sociology paper, it might be the data from a study.
  • Argument: using a source to engage its argument. For example, you might use an editorial from the New York Times on the value of higher education to refute in your own paper.
  • Method: using a source’s way of analyzing an issue to apply to your own issue. For example, you might use a study’s methods, definitions, or conclusions on gentrification in Chicago to apply to your own neighborhood in New York City.

Citation: Bizup, Joseph. “BEAM: A Rhetorical Vocabulary for Teaching Research-Based Writing.” Rhetoric Review 27.1 (2008): 72-86. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 4 February 2014.

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