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Subject: Study Skills

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You have a research project with a due date that's a month away. How can you break the project down into steps so that you don't become overwhelmed?

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The first and most important thing is to start early! I can't state this enough - it is so much easier to do a small amount of work every week than cramming a month of work into one week (or less). Additionally, starting early will allow you to regroup if you run into a problem with your research topic. At the very beginning, make sure you understand the assignment Email your instructor or ask questions in class about any part of the assignment description that are unclear to you. Any research project can be broken into manageable chunks. I would recommend the following: Week one: Formulate a preliminary research idea. Do some preliminary reading in textbooks so you are sure you understand the topic you will be researching. Once you have a good idea, write the skeleton of an outline. Week two: Research week! Hit the library (not Wikipedia!) and find articles about your subject. If you are not finding very much, ask a librarian - they are experts in searching for the widest pool of pertinent and reliable materials. Once you have your articles, start reading. Begin by closely reading the abstract, if there is one, then read the article itself. Use a highlighter to pick out information that you can use to support your argument, and begin your bibliography (be careful to use the citation style required in your class). Week three: Rough draft week! Finish reading your articles. By the time you are done reading, you should be able to flesh out your earlier outline. Add everything, in a logical order, and eventually you will have enough in the outline to turn it into prose and voila! You'll have a rough draft of your paper. If you have any problems, this is the week to talk to your teacher - he or she will be much more willing to help you than two days before the due date. Week four: Home stretch! Read through your rough draft. Edit first for content, making sure you are using citations and quotation marks for all ideas that aren't yours. Then edit for grammar and style. Polish, then submit. You did it!

Subject: Library and Information Science

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What is metadata, and how is it useful?

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Rachel R.
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Metadata are categories that describe types of data. Essentially, metadata is "data about data." For example, metadata for a database of driver's licenses could consist of names, birth dates, license numbers, height, eye color, etc. Metadata can either be undefined (usually for descriptive text) or can have strict parameters (for example, a specific format for dates). Metadata allow researchers to sort and search the information in a catalog or database to find information that meets their needs.

Subject: Music

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What is the number of beats per measure in a 6/8 time signature, and what note represents one beat?

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Rachel R.
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In 6/8 time, there are six beats per measure, and an eighth not represents a single beat.

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