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Tutor profile: Kendra F.

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Kendra F.
Employed in libraries for 3 years
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Subject: Writing

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What is a thesis statement, and how is it used in the essay writing process? Provide an example.

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Kendra F.
Answer:

A thesis statement is, in the most basic of terms, a short description of the essay topic or an answer to the essay prompt--be it analytical, persuasive, or argumentative. It is used in the introductory paragraph of the essay to inform readers quickly and concisely of the essay's contents and the author's goal in the writing of that content. An example: One thing is certain, thesis statements are vital to the construction of an essay, after all, it is the most important sentence in your essay.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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A patron approaches you at the reference desk and asks for a book. It is a specific book, but they don't remember the title, the author, or even the color of the book. How do you proceed?

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I begin the reference interview by attempting to narrow the search. "Is the item fiction or non-fiction?" "What do you recall about the plot, if anything?" "Do you remember any character's name, or description?" "Is it like a book you've read before? What do you recall of that title?" I would continue asking questions and interacting with the patron until we find a definitive answer about the text, one way or another. If we have it, wonderful, let's go grab it off the shelf or have it shipped in from another branch. If we don't, perhaps there's a library nearby that does, or it may be publicly available online, or we may be able to do an ILL if they have the time to wait. Either way, we make every attempt to close the reference interview positively, with the best information we can find for the patron.

Subject: English

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Is there a difference between "low fantasy" and "high fantasy" genres? If so, please explain the difference and provide examples of each.

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Kendra F.
Answer:

Yes, there is a difference, though it isn't always clearly defined and works of fantasy can have elements of both. "Low fantasy" sometimes known as "intrusion fantasy" is typically characterized by a familiar setting with fantastic elements (such as the "Harry Potter" series) whereas "high fantasy" is more often focused on a wholly fantastic setting (think "The Lord of the Rings" or the "Throne of Glass" series). Though, as mentioned previously, fantasy novels can have elements of both genres as can be seen in "The Chronicles of Narnia" which begins and ends in a normal London with a trip to the land of Narnia between.

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