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Tutor profile: Dianne A.

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Dianne A.
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Subject: Writing

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How do I write a good introduction for my paper?

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Dianne A.
Answer:

First, make sure you have your thesis or topic sentence written out. Make sure that you are not asking too big of a question than the length of your paper will allow. Gather your credible research materials and mark the areas that support your topic sentence. Decide which three areas of your topic you will focus on and begin writing the body of your paper. Once you are done with your draft, read through the body of your paper and begin to construct your introduction. Explain to your audience what your paper is about and what your claim is. Why is this important?

Subject: Library and Information Science

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How can I find information about racial profiling for my research paper? My instructor said it needs to be scholarly and in APA citation style.

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Dianne A.
Answer:

First, we can look and see what databases you have access to from your college or high school. Then we can use keywords in our search box to describe your topic. It helps if you know what aspect of racial profiling you are interested in focusing on, but we can start by putting in "racial profiling" with the quote marks. Once you have found the resources you want to use, we can look at the APA style guide to see how they should be cited.

Subject: Communication

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How can face negotiation theory be applied to an everyday situation?

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Dianne A.
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Face negotiation theory, sometimes referred to as Facework or face negotiation, was originally researched by Stella Ting Toomey. She applied this to intercultural communication, specifically, how to read someones non-verbal queues correctly when communicating with someone from another culture. Face negotiation does not only apply to intercultural communication. Each day I work with students at our library reference desk. What they say and what their facial expressions say can be two very different things. Do they appear worried and uncomfortable? Do they look confused even if they say they understand? These things can be assessed by reading their faces according to face negotiation theory.

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