Tutor profile: Michelle H.
Subject: Social Work
Why are people homeless?
People experience homelessness for a variety of reasons. While the layman will sometimes assume that people become homeless due to laziness or choice, the reality is there are deeply embedded problems in our country's social system that contribute to people experiencing homelessness. For example, one of the foremost reasons people become homeless is due to lack of affordable housing. There are only 22 counties in the entire country where a Fair Market Rate 1 bedroom apartment is affordable to somebody making minimum wage (Source: Family Promise org). Let me know if you need more information on why people experience homelessness!
Subject: Study Skills
How can I organize the database articles I find while researching for a paper?
I suggest creating a throw-away email that will be used just for this purpose. When you find an article in a database you think you may use, select the option to send it to an email and use this address. This way, you can collect all of the articles you're interested in at once place. Then you can go through them and delete any articles you decide not to use. You'll be left with all the articles you will use in one place!
Subject: Library and Information Science
Why can't I just use Google only when doing scholarly research?
Google is a great tool for finding information, and you'll definitely use it at some point in your research. Scholarly research implies finding information that is timely, trusthworthy, athoritative, relevant, and accurate (let me know if you need explanation on any of these terms). While Google is a great tool for finding information in general, its algorithm relies heavily on popularity of sources rather than the characteristics of scholarly research listed above. This means that if you use Google, you'll have to check each of your sources for these characteristics. If you use library or other specialized databases, you can skip many of these checks because the information curated in those sources has been checked for you!
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