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Luann E.
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Subject: Writing

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What is a thesis statement, and how can I create one?

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Luann E.
Answer:

A thesis statement is the argument which will be proven through the evidence that you present in the body of your essay. The thesis is typically the last line of your introduction paragraph, and it makes an assertion (an argument) rather than stating a fact or opinion from another source. Sometimes a thesis emphasizes the importance of a problem and your proposed solution to that problem. The style of thesis needed will vary for different types of assignments. Here are some examples: A narrative essay might require you to make a more personal argument. An example: My college experience was the best experience of my life and taught me several valuable lessons about trust, friendship, and love. An opinion essay might require you to take a stance on a specific issue. An example: Mandatory background checks are vital to the protection of the liberties afforded to us in the Second Amendment because they would ensure the safety of all citizens. A compare/contrast essay might require you to weigh options in your thesis. An example: While cats are clearly the intellectual giants of the universe, dogs offer added therapeutic benefits to their owners. These are just a few examples, but the general idea is that a thesis is something that your research or body paragraphs can support. Things to avoid in a thesis include: - Using an argument presented in another source as your own argument. - Announcing what you will be discussing (This essay is about... This essay will discuss... etc.) - Overly broad statements (All people will think... Most people believe... etc.) I hope this answers your question! If you need additional assistance, please reach out!

Subject: Library and Information Science

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My instructor says I need to find scholarly sources. What is a scholarly source, and how can I find it?

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Scholarly sources are sources which undergo a peer review process. That is, a panel of experts in the discipline carefully reviews articles submitted to a specific publication to see if it's worthy of publication in that journal. Scholarly articles have similar attributes, and those include: - A plain appearance (versus the sleek and colorful magazines you see while you're in line at the supermarket). - Charts, graphs, and figures - Authors listed, typically with their credentials - Sources carefully cited Your library likely has the ability to search for scholarly materials only by using advanced search features within the library's database. Google Scholar is a great place to go on the web to search for scholarly-only content.

Subject: English

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My teacher says that I have a comma splice in my paper. What is a comma splice, and how can I fix it?

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Luann E.
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A comma splice occurs when you have two grammatically correct sentences, but rather than separating them by a period or a semi-colon, you separate them by a comma. Here's an example of a comma splice sentence: The dog ran up the hill, the dog was fast. You have several options to make this a grammatically complete sentence. You can... 1- Add an article after the comma: The dog ran up the hill, and the dog was fast. 2- Add a semi-colon in place of the comma: The dog ran up the hill; the dog was fast. A semi-colon is typically used when both of the sentences are of equal importance. If you feel like, in our example, the dog's speed is secondary to the dog's movement up the hill, you might want to consider option 1 or option 3 instead. 3- Add punctuation to create two separate sentences: The dog ran up the hill. The dog was fast. I hope this helps- if I didn't answer your question, or you need more assistance, please reach out!

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