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Subject: Writing

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What is an annotated bibliography? Provide an example.

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An annotated bibliography is used during the research process when writing an essay or research paper. It is a list of citations for books, articles, and other sources you are using and includes a summary of the findings and/or arguments presented in order to inform the reader of the relevance and quality of the resources used. Freud, Sigmund. The Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud: An Infantile Neurosis and Other Works. Vol. 17: 219-254. London: The Hogarth Press, 1955. Print. The ‘uncanny’ is related to what is frightening as well as what excites fear in general. During the discussion of the ‘uncanny’, Freud explores how something familiar can become frightening. The German word ‘unheimlich’ is the opposite of ‘heimlich’, which means ‘homely’, so it can be inferred that when something is ‘uncanny’ it is because it is unfamiliar, but this does not mean that all things that are new are frightening. Freud quotes Jentsch (1906) who says that authors create uncanny effects by making the reader uncertain of whether or not a character is a “human being or automaton”. By doing so, the reader is kept in a state of uncertainty. Freud uses the story of ‘The Sand-Man’ from Hoffmann’s “Nachtstucken” as an example of the uncanny. The doll, Olympia, appears to be living; however, she is not, which Freud deems a contradiction. The ‘phenomenon of the double’ is created when a character, or subject, identifies with someone else and is in turn doubtful of whom they really are. When combined with repetition certain conditions and circumstances can become uncanny also. Freud states that uncanny is not something which is new, but something that is familiar and has been repressed and should have remained hidden. The feeling of the ‘uncanny’ is most apparent in “relation to death and dead bodies, to the return of the dead, and to spirits and ghosts” (241) due to the lack of knowledge about death and the emotional reactions attached to it. The overall feeling of Rebecca is uncertainty and the ‘uncanny’ described by Freud. All of the gothic qualities present in the novel create this overall feeling of unfamiliarity. As an American reading this book, the aura and mystery associated with Manderley creates a frightening location for the novel to take place. In regards to the “phenomenon of the double”, the narrator begins to doubt who she is once she enters into the world and life of Rebecca. As she continues to compare herself to Rebecca and tries to change her appearance and demeanor to emulate Rebecca, the narrator loses who she is as a person.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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Why do I need to evaluate websites when finding information and how do I do so?

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It is important to remember that anyone can post things on the web which means there is no guarantee that the information you find there is accurate. Do to the sheer volume of information on the internet, students need to use strategies when deciding what to use. A possible strategy is the use of the CRAAP Test, originally developed at California State University, Chico, to evaluate a website and if you should use it for research. C - Currency (timeliness of the information) R - Relevance (importance of the information to your needs) A - Authority (source of the information) A - Accuracy (reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content) P - Purpose (reason the information exists)

Subject: Literature

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Using examples for the text, how does Oscar Wilde undermine the morality expected during the Victorian era in his comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest?

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One social convention expected to be maintained during the Victorian period was the decorum of innocence and chastity. Prudery was rampant, but behind closed doors, Victorians contradicted this belief in their personal lives. As in the case of Cecily Cardew, a young girl of eighteen who has an obsession with her guardian’s wicked brother, Earnest. As she waits to meet the man she has heard many scandalous stories about, Cecily says, “I’ve never met any really wicked person before. I feel rather frightened. I am so afraid he will look just like everyone else” (Wilde 1751). She has built a fantasy about this “wicked” man and the hope of him fulfilling her imagined romance excites her. After meeting Algernon however, Cecily begins to question the man she built us in her head, “I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy” (Wilde 1752). In reality, the hypocrisy of a man leading a double life would be pretending to be good when in fact he was not.

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