Tutor profile: Michelle M.
Subject: Library and Information Science
Choose 3 unsung-heroes in a library. Why are they important?
There are so many people behind-the-scenes! Each places an important role. From the Acquisition staff, to the catalogers, to grant writers and the preservation department, everyone is an important link in the chain. Acquisition staff order and receive the materials. If there are no materials, there is no library! Catalogers create the records you search, including the call numbers and the metadata. They create norms so you can use the same search terms regardless of what library you frequent. They make the materials discoverable. If you can't find it, you can't use it! Imagine walking into a huge library with no way of finding what you want. Libraries always get the least amount of money in any university setting, and in fact, in almost every setting. Yet the cost of journals subscriptions increases every year, with some over $300,000 per year. Grant writers bring in much needed funds and enable the acquisitions staff to purchase the information you need.
Library databases can vary widely by institution. Write out the steps to find peer-reviewed articles about Oliver Cromwell and the genocide. You may choose a local college or your public library.
The answer will vary depending on chosen library, but you will have to find the databases, select the correct one, and do a Boolean search with filters.
Subject: Culinary Arts
You are in the middle of a complex recipe involving chocolate. It breaks! What do you do?
Take a deep breath and keep going! The addition of the rest of your ingredients will most likely bring it back together again with no difference in flavor or texture of the final product.
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