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Tutor profile: Ivy W.

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Ivy W.
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Subject: Writing

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When you finish writing a paper, what are the steps to take to make sure it's the best it can be before you turn it in?

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Step away from the paper for a bit, and take a break. Come back to it and read it over with a fresh eye (ideally after printing so you can see any extra spaces or typos). Mark it up, make your edits on-screen, then look it over again. Read it out loud. If you stumble over any sentences, consider editing them to contain fewer words. Once you're happy with the text, check your citations and your bibliography. Make sure the bibliography is typo-free, make sure your page numbers are correct, and double-check to make sure author names and titles are accurate. In other words, compare your bibliography and your in-text citations to make sure they match up. Lastly, spell- and grammar-check your paper, and don't forget to number your pages and include a cover sheet. [I'm writing this as though the student is in college.]

Subject: Library and Information Science

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You are searching Google to try to find out if President Trump really said something the media reported that he said, or, as he states, he never said it and it's "fake news." How can you tell whether the information you find is "fake news"?

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Answer:

Look at the quality of your search results. Do you recognize the source as a solid, respectable news media outlet or government source? Or is it some source you've never heard of? What is the media outlet's bias, if any? Does the site end in .org, .edu, or just .com? Did you look at the About information for the site to see if it seems of good quality? Did you check Snopes or Reddit to see if it's fake? If you found it in Wikipedia, does it say "citation needed"? Be suspect of the information unless you're sure it's from a trusted source.

Subject: English

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Many modern theories have been applied by college professors for analyzing Shakespeare. Research how feminist theory has been applied to Shakespeare. Then, use feminist theory to write a thesis for an essay about Katherina and whether she is a feminist.

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Depending on the student's perspective, Katherina can be seen as a feminist for wanting to be independent and refusing to marry, both unusual choices in Shakespeare's day. Or she could be seen as nonfeminist for abandoning her principles and marrying when she falls in love.

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