Tutor profile: Carolyn V.
My instructor wants an annotated bibliography that includes 10 sources I’d use for an upcoming research assignment, and only two of them can be websites! Does that mean I have to find eight books? My assignment is due in two days—what if they don’t have all the books I need at the library? And, what’s up with those annotations—do I have to read every source completely before I can write them? HELP!
Don’t panic! You can definitely find eight sources either online or in person at the library, and they do not have to be books. In fact, it’s unlikely that you’d find eight books in person that pertain to your topic—but you can definitely find journal articles and other sources using online resources. You also don’t need to read every source cover-to-cover in order to assess whether it might be helpful to you. Let’s get started by talking about your topic, and how to search online databases effectively.
Subject: Library and Information Science
My assignment presents a fictional scenario where I am applying for a $1,000 grant to host a library program—and I can’t spend all the money on food! I have to write a grant proposal with a description of the program, how I would measure its success, and a budget! Where do I start?
Awesome, this is a great assignment because many librarians need to apply for grants at some point in their careers! Let’s start by taking a look at your instructions to make sure we’re covering everything. I’d suggest starting by talking about where you want to host this program: public library, academic library, etc. Then, I’d suggest reviewing the program calendars of some of the libraries in your area to come up with program ideas that might interest you. The way I see it, this assignment has three parts: 1) your program idea, 2) your measure of success (attendance, surveys, something else), and 3) your budget. Once you come up with an idea, I can help you with the rest!
Can I send you my paper to edit?
Yes, absolutely! I can edit for grammar and clarity, and provide suggestions based on your assignment instructions.
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