The other day I was thinking about the integer power sum and the general solution for each value of p. I came up with a method that will allow me to calculate the general solution. I thought that I may have stumbled upon something novel, because I couldn't find any reference to this method anywhere. I was hoping that someone could direct me to some published material that describes this method and sheds some light about the history of this method. NOTE: I'm a wannabe mathematician that is currently employed as an engineer. Please excuse me if this is too elementary.