Tutor profile: Katy K.
Subject: Library and Information Science
A patron wants a book but can't remember the title or the author, what do you do?
Start by asking them where they heard about the book. If it was from Oprah or NPR, that might be easily searchable. If it was from a friend, try and ask them what they had been talking about before. If that doesn't help start trying with genre, fiction or nonfiction. Sometimes, you'll be able to find the latest best sellers or the books with the most holds on them. Goodreads also will have lists of books with certain colored covers if all you can get is that "It was a red book."
Why did Shakespeare write in Iambic pentameter?
Shakespeare wrote in iambic pentameter and rhyme to allow actors ease in learning their lines. The iambic pentameter allowed for a natural delivery of the poetic lines he wrote in the play and offered a good back drop for his witty wordplay.
How do I figure out the theme of a novel?
Novel's theme can sometimes be very intimidating to try and find. One of the easiest ways to think about it is what is your reaction to the story as you read it. Are you cheering for a certain couple to get together? Then you're looking at a romance theme. Are you cringing as someone makes mistakes over and over again? Learning and growing may be the theme here. Maybe you feel conflicted as the protagonist goes through the story, sometimes you like them but then other times they do things you simply can't condone! That's a theme about morals. Once you have the overarching theme you can start to break down the specifics. This will have more to do with individual novels. How does the author handle things? Is it tragic? Comedic? How does the theme affect the main characters? Do the characters seem aware of the theme? It can be a lot of fun to break down just what a novel is about!
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