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Tutor profile: Emily M.

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Emily M.
Librarian at K-12 school
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Subject: Writing

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What inspires you to write?

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Answer:

The world is a fountainhead of the most majestic and surreal moments in my life. Everyday, life provides a new instance that I can add to my collection. Students at school are often full of anecdotes or commentaries that often lead to memorable words of wisdom. Though a fleeting moment, it is those times that create a lasting impression of my day. The experiences do not have to be larger than life, but they can evoke an idea that often expands into many other facets. Hiking in the mountains, traipsing across Ireland, sitting in an apartment in a rundown town; each provide a backdrop for a new writing experience. The world is full of inspiration, it's being able to appreciate each little moment that invigorates the spirit to write.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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What is the importance of information literacy?

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In a day and age when information is available at the touch of a finger and the internet is rampant with "sources" of information from around the world, information literacy is a practice that has been under appreciated by many. Information literacy is the concept of understanding that information is needed and engages the individual to identify that need, explore and locate information, evaluate for authentication and reliability, and to effectively apply that information. By practicing good information literacy skills, an individual can filter through much of the content on the internet, social media outlets, and news sources to locate unbiased, reliable sources, numerous ones to verify the legitimacy of the information, and apply them as they see fit. Developing these problem solving and critical thinking skills, an individual will learn to use information wisely and communicate that information efficiently and effectively.

Subject: Communication

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Is the oxford comma necessary?

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Emily M.
Answer:

Though the oxford comma tends to be more of a writing question, it is easily a question to put in line with communication. As our society has begun to seep into the realm of digital communication through email, social media, and text, our verbal communication and body language are not there to convey our emotions or reasoning in our digital words. In comes the oxford comma to help clear up any ill conceived judgment in miscommunication. Adding the serial comma before the "and" in a list of three or more words helps to breakdown the individual items. Take, for example, the sentence, "After winning the game, Helen thanked her coach, mom and God". So Helen's coach is her mom AND God? Adding the oxford comma can clear up the confusion. Let's try this again. "After winning the game, Helen thanked her coach, mom, and God. Now we know that three individual people have been thanked and that not all three are the same person.

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