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Tutor profile: Becca H.

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Becca H.
Recent graduate in Information Studies (ALA-accredited) from McGill University.
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Subject: Writing

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Question:

What is personification, and why is it valuable in creative writing?

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Answer:

Personification refers to the act of ascribing human traits or descriptions to inanimate objects. It is often used to subtly impart a more emotional, interesting tone upon the writing, painting a clearer picture of the scene at hand and causing the reader to be drawn in by the overall feeling and tone of the piece.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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How would you find information about your ancestor, who lived in eastern Canada during the 1700s?

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Answer:

The first step would be to determine appropriate resources (to which you have access) which could help you with this question. To do so, think of some broad subjects that cover your topic; in this instance, I might suggest genealogy, history, or social studies. The next step would be to locate databases, websites, or libraries that cover these topics. I may suggest starting with JSTOR, the Library and Archives Canada Website, or some more niche databases provided your library has access to them. I would then use a combination of search terms and synonyms to provide as many precise results as possible.

Subject: Linguistics

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Which of the following best describes linguistics? a) the ability to speak a language fluently b) the study of foreign languages c) the study of language and its structure d) the study of pasta noodles

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At its most broad level, linguistics is c) the study of language and its structure. Major subsets of linguistics include syntax, or sentence structure; morphology, or word structure; semantics, or meaning; and phonetics/phonology, or the study of individual sounds and their interactions within a certain language. Through understanding linguistics, we can do really cool things like create convincing-sounding fake languages for TV and movies (like Dothraki or Klingon), make speech recognition software like Alexa and Siri more effective for multiple languages, and much, much more.

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