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Tutor profile: Mike C.

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Mike C.
Academic Librarian, 10 years of experience
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Subject: Writing

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Hi! I need to write an essay about a topic; I have my topic, but need to create an outline; how do I go about doing this?

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Mike C.
Answer:

Hello! Depending on the type of essay you are writing, there are a couple of ways to go about doing this. One common way of structuring your essay is to have an intro paragraph where you introduce the topic and your thesis statement, and provide 3 or more ideas that support your thesis statement. Then, you'd want to create a paragraph for each of those ideas, including any evidence or logic behind the idea; after that, you'd want a concluding paragraph that restates your thesis statement, and your supporting ideas. When you outline it in this fashion, it makes turning this into a full essay at lot more digestible, since you can clearly see what each section would have in it. I can provide a template as a visual if that would be helpful as well.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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Hello, I'm trying to do some research on obesity. Can you point me to some resources?

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Mike C.
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Hi there! I'd be more than happy to help you out with this. Your library likely subscribes to some databases that address this topic, and there are some great free resources available as well. The first thing I would do, though, is try to narrow your topic a little bit, in order to focus your searches within the databases. For example, if you just put in "obesity" as a search, you'll find millions of articles with varying levels of depth and approaching the topic from many, many different angles. I would encourage you to trying thinking of some research questions that have to do with this topic. Is there anything specific about obesity that is interesting to you? Once you've come up with a research question, you can come up with some keywords that speak to that question, and use those to search the library resources that are available to you. For example, let's say you wanted to focus your research question to "What is the effectiveness of school-provided meals in reducing childhood obesity?". With this type of question, there are a lot of words in the question itself that would probably get you better results, including "schools" (which could be further focused to "elementary"/"middle"/"high" school (depending on how you want to approach it). As for resources, I would recommend you go to the library website and view subject guides (if available) that focus on health-related or education-related resources. Some common resources that libraries subscribe to come from EBSCO and ProQuest, so you may be able to see some specific databases that would be good for this topic; you could look at both health-related resources and possibly education-related resources as well. For more heath related information, you could also utilize PubMed Central for freely available scholarly research.

Subject: HTML Programming

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Hello, I'm having trouble with my CSS stylesheets not displaying as expected when viewing my webpage; do you have any advice?

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Mike C.
Answer:

Hey there, Whenever I have these types of issues, I usually go through a checklist of things to see if there's something small that's preventing something from displaying correctly. In my experience, it's rarely any type of huge misunderstanding; it's usually just a small oversight that's having an outsized effect. - In your stylesheet, are you making sure that you've used classes and IDs (.) and (#) markers on each line of styles? -In your html, are you nesting tags within other tags? If so, are the parent tags overriding the child's styles? -Do you have inline styles in addition to a stylesheet? Those will override the stylesheet and can cause display issues? -Are you using media queries? If so, don't forget to resize your view to the appropriate size so that your changes would actually be displaying in the browser? -Are you using a lot of divs? These tend to get real messy real quick, so be sure to make sure there are not any extraneous closing or opening divs. If these steps don't resolve your issue, I'd love to see some of your code to see if we can see why its not displaying as expected :).

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