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Subject: Microsoft Suite

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I am trying to create a book cover in Microsoft Word with some pictures, but it isn't working. Is there something I am missing or an easier way to do it?

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Answer:

Microsoft Word is a great writing program, but it can often be a pain when working with pictures. I would actually recommend trying Microsoft Publisher instead. You can easily drag and drop the pictures in and you will be able to move them around wherever you want without having to get into extra options, which is a problem in Word. One other benefit of Publisher is that you can save your finished product as a .JPG picture and then bring it over into your other documents. Let me know if you need any more help with Word or Publisher!

Subject: Library and Information Science

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I am trying to write a paper on virtual reality and I've found lots of information on the internet, but my professor wants peer-reviewed sources. Where can I find these?

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A very good question for an awesome topic. Virtual reality is so popular recently that it is easy to find lots of information just by googling it, but a proper research paper requires sources that have been reviewed and edited by a 3rd party to filter out any misinformation. As for finding peer-reviewed sources, there are lots of library databases that have an option to show only peer-reviewed journals or articles. If you're a college student, check your school library to see which databases they have available. If not, you can check your public library website to since they usually subscribe to at least one. Once you are in, you may have to click on the "advanced search" tab to bring up the peer review filter. Also considering that VR has become such a broad topic, you might want to do a subject search for virtual reality and then look at the subsections to narrow your research. Let me know if you need anymore help!

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Why does "ran" change meanings when saying I ran to the bathroom, but I ran into a friend who said we ran out of toilet paper?

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This is one of the oddest parts of the English language that most native English speakers don't think about. The first use of "ran" is the main usage which is the past tense of run. The second usage means you met a friend suddenly or by surprise and the third means to finish or be out of something. The first is a regular verb, while the second and third are phrasal verbs. By combining a verb like run with other verbs or prepositions, it becomes a phrase with a new meaning. You can't just focus on "ran" you have to see the whole phrase "ran into" or "ran out of" to understand what it means.

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