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Tutor profile: Sophie F.

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Sophie F.
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Subject: Shakespeare

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Many scholars have thought that the character of Prospero from Shakespeare's _The Tempest_ is a representation of Shakespeare himself. What sort of evidence do you see that would support this claim?

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Prospero, the protagonist of _The Tempest_, guides all of the action that happens on the island (and on stage). His character is very much like a playwright as he is directing the other characters to his liking. Another large part of why scholars view Prospero as a stand in for Shakespeare is that _The Tempest_ is said to be the last play Shakespeare wrote, and so, Prospero's final monologue--which asks the audience to applause and release Prospero from the island--is thus Shakespeare's final monologue.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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What are some techniques and strategies you can use to maximize the number of relevant search results you receive when researching?

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Conducting research is a process, and it is important to know before searching that your first search is not likely to be your best search and that there is not often one source that will answer all aspects of your research question or topic.That said, there are a number of ways you can maximize your search to receive relevant results. For example, you can use Boolean terms ("AND", "OR", "NOT") to string together a number of keywords. Using quotes to connect words together in a phrase will also help you get fewer but more relevant results. It is also important to be willing to change your search by either adding or removing words, depending on the search results you're receiving.

Subject: Literature

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In Victorian times, scary stories were often written to explore in creative ways different societal fears of the time. What sort of underlying societal fears do you think are being expressed in Mary Shelley's _Frankenstein_ and Bram Stoker's _Dracula_?

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Both _Frankenstein_ and _Dracula_ deal with fears of death and loss, and question what it is that makes us human. _Frankenstein_ is a story that is also very concerned with advances in the sciences and the ethical responsibilities and consequences that can come from one's actions. _Dracula_ explores themes of losing traditional knowledge and customs in the process of modernization.

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