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Tutor profile: Paige K.

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Subject: Library and Information Science

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How have libraries changed?

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Libraries are quickly becoming the thing of the past in the traditional sense of the word library. Libraries now have to adapt to their patrons and communities, in which they provide services, which means meeting your users where they are. Libraries now are providing more digital content than ever and providing librarian assisted help from where ever users are. Libraries no longer are considered something that has to be confined to four walls. Libraries may be changing, but users will still need content, it just may appear in another form. Remember, Google can give you a million answers, but only a librarian can give you the right one.

Subject: Political Science

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How do checks and balances work within the three branches of government?

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"If men were angels, no government would be necessary," James Madison. Building on the greek statesman and historian Polybius' idea of "mixed" regime with three branches of governing, the framers of the U.S. Constitution divided powers and responsibilities of the government into three branches: the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. To keep any one of these branches from becoming too powerful then the others, the framers developed a check and balance system, where each branch exercises certain powers that can be checked by the powers that the other two branches have. For example, Congress can impeach both members of the executive and judicial branches.

Subject: US History

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When was the Declaration of Independence signed?

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The Declaration of Independence was actually signed on August 2nd, 1776. On July 1st, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to discuss America's future. Then July 2nd American declared independence from England by 12 out of the 13 colonies voting in favor of Richard Henry Lee's Resolution, which was the motion in the Second Continental Congress calling for the colonies' independence from Great Britain. The original draft of the Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson and then later finalized after two days of debating and editing on July 4th, 1776. It took a month for the Declaration of Independence to be signed due to issues like New York's delegates not giving their support for independence until the 9th because the home assembly didn't allow them to vote for independence. The Declaration of Independence then had to be handwritten on parchment. It was later signed by most on August 2nd, followed by a few more on a later date, and never signed by John Dickinson ( "Penman of the Revolution" for his twelve Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania) and Robert R. Livingston ("The Chancellor" due to his high legal position in New York for 25 years).

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