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Subject: Writing

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Should you start your essay with a question?

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Answer:

Since the audience cannot answer the question, you will have to answer the question anyway in your essay. Therefore, it is better to simply reword it as a statement to avoid redundancy. For example, this question/answer format can be easily simplified: Should you eat breakfast in the morning? According to some doctors, it is best to skip it. to: According to some doctors, it is best to skip breakfast in the morning.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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How do you cite a database?

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This will depend on what type of format that is requested. For example, there is APA, MLA, Chicago, etc… Typically, most literary papers will use MLA and scientific papers will use APA—with Chicago being preferred in particular situations. The most convenient aspect of a database is how it automatically lists the citation—regardless of what format is required. When pulling up the article that you wish to cite, looking for a button or sign that says “Cite” or “Citation”. This will usually bring you to a new page that will list all the formats for you. Simply copy and paste the one that is required for your paper. If possible, it is recommend that you use the database’s citation to avoid possible errors when formatting it yourself.

Subject: English

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What is an oxford comma?

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An oxford comma is when you add a comma at the very end of your list: I want milk, eggs[,] and cheese at the store. While this comma is technically optional, it is recommended that you add it to improve flow and to make your list more clear to the reader.

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