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Library and Information Science
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Subject: Library and Information Science

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If you were beginning a research task, what tools would you use to begin your search for literature?Be specific in describing databases, catalogs, and how to locate both print and online materials. Do you need to evaluate information on the Internet and Why?

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Start the library search process by building a list of keywords based on your topic. Keywords need to match the words that authors have used when writing articles on that topic. You'll want to pick words that you would expect to see in an article's title or abstract. Focus on the main concepts, avoiding words that are vague or implied. he next step is to use your keywords to build a search within a library database. While each database has a unique collection, and may look slightly different, these general steps will work in every library database. A library database may be a catalog to search for books, or a subscription database to locate articles, research papers, and book reviews. You will need to develop your keywords first before you search a database to locate resources related to your topic. Before using information you find on the internet for assignments and research, it is important to judge its accuracy and to establish that the information comes from a reliable and appropriate source. In evaluting internet information you need to determine a number of factors. First, determine the Who is the website’s intended audience? Academics? The general public? School children? Does it appropriately address the target audience? Second determine the authority for instance is the author identified, Is the author a person you recognise as an expert in his field? If not, is there enough information provided to establish the author’s credibility? Is the author qualified to write about the subject? Can you find references to the author's work elsewhere? Third, accuracy is important with Internet resources and you may need to verify the information on a website. Is it free from spelling errors? Is the text well-written and grammatically correct? Has the content been through an editing process or been peer reviewed? Has the author included a bibliography? Forth, is the information objective, Does the author present objective arguments or make it clear when he is expressing biased opinions? Are other points of view explored? Is it a personal website? Does it express personal opinions? Is the website part of a commercial organisation, a political party or an organisation with a specific agenda? If yes, question the motives for publishing the information. Are the sources cited reliable and can they be verified elsewhere? Finally you want to be able to determine when the information was published, is the information current, and how frequently is the website updated and do links work on the page and site. Also the url or domain is important. The The domain name can help you establish if the information has been published by a credible source.

Subject: World History

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Describe changes in French society and culture that led to the French Revolution, what was the impact of the French revolution? What was the impact of Enlightenment philosophy and the American Revolution on the belief of French citizens

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The French Revolution had a major impact on western civilization, that began in 1789 and ended in the late 1790s with the ascent of Napoleon Bonaparte. Historians widely regard the Revolution as one of the most important events in human history. During this period, French citizens razed and redesigned their country’s political landscape, uprooting centuries-old institutions such as absolute monarchy and the feudal system. The upheaval was caused by widespread discontent with the French monarchy and the poor economic policies of the government. France’s population had changed considerably since 1614. The non-aristocratic members of the Third Estate now represented more than the majority of the people but could still be outvoted by the aristocracy. A growing number of the French citizenry had absorbed the ideas of "equality" and "freedom of the individual" as presented by Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Denis Diderot and other philosophers and social theorists of the Age of Enlightenment. The American Revolution demonstrated that it was plausible for Enlightenment ideas about how a government should be organized to actually be put into practice. Some American diplomats, like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, had lived in Paris, where they consorted freely with members of the French intellectual class. Furthermore, contact between American revolutionaries and the French troops who served in North America helped spread revolutionary ideas to the French people

Subject: US History

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What was isolationism of the early 20th Century? Provide examples from politics, government policy to support your argument and describe the consequences of isolationism.

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Isolationism refers to America's longstanding reluctance to become involved in European alliances and wars. Isolationists held the view that America's perspective on the world was different from that of European societies and that America could advance the cause of freedom and democracy by means other than war. American isolationism did not mean disengagement from the world stage. Isolationists were not averse to the idea that the United States should be a world player and even further its territorial, ideological and economic interests, particularly in the Western Hemisphere. Germany's unfettered submarine warfare against American ships during World War I provoked the U.S. into abandoning the neutrality it had upheld for so many years. The country's resultant participation in World War I against the Central Powers marked its first major departure from isolationist policy. When the war ended, however, the United States was quick to leave behind its European commitment. Regardless of President Woodrow Wilson's efforts, the Senate repudiated the Treaty of Versailles that ended the war, and the United States failed to become a member of the League of Nations.

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