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Subject: Writing

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What are the basic components of a research paper?

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The basic components of a research paper are the introduction, the thesis statement, the body and the conclusion. In the introduction, the writer gives an overview of the topic, explains their main points and why their topic is important. At the end of the introduction, the writer usually ends with the thesis statement. The thesis statement is the point of the paper. Will the writer be arguing a point, trying to persuade their audience of something, or discussing something of interest? After researching background for the paper, the thesis statement may be the last part the writer includes. In the body of the paper, the writer presents their evidence and discusses what the evidence means for their thesis statement. This may include a literature review before the discussion. In a literature review, the writer shows connections among sources, shows gaps in research, and how the research helps the writer understand the topic. By the conclusion, the writer should be ending the discussion of their evidence. Now they summarize their ideas and restate the thesis. The writer could also discuss the conclusions they’ve come to and what areas of research on the topic could be explored by the writer and others. For more on this, have a look here: https://library.hccc.edu/c.php?g=452139&p=3154898

Subject: Shakespeare

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In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, How does Marc Antony create sympathy for Caesar and turn the crowd against the conspirators during the funeral speech?

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Marc Antony creates sympathy for Caesar and turns the crowd against the conspirators through persuasion. After Caesar is assassinated, Antony calls on the conspirators to present their case that Caesar was dangerous. Brutus decides to speak first at Caesar’s funeral and tells Antony not to blame them for Caesar’s death, just speak well of Caesar. When Brutus, Cassius arrive at the funeral, one of the plebs says that they will hear Brutus’s and Cassius’s justifications and compare them. Brutus claims that he helped kill Caesar because he loved his country. This appeals to the crowd, and when Brutus says that should Rome need him to die he’ll use the same dagger, members of the crowd urge him to live. When Antony comes to the podium, the crowd is discussing Brutus’s speech and agreeing that Caesar was a danger to Roman society. Antony first appeals to the crowd, claiming he’s there to “bury Caesar, not to praise him”. He says that Brutus and the conspirators answered a serious charge (Caesar was dangerously ambitious) with a serious punishment (death). Antony then reminds the crowd that Caesar was his friend, presents examples that he believes refute the charges of Caesar’s dangerous ambition; this is accompanied by the “honorable men” refrain. He presents the examples (ransoms from Caesar’s prisoners enriched the public budget, Caesar empathizing with the poor, the refusal of the crown at Lupercalia) and reminds the crowd that the conspirators are supposed to be decent men. How can decent men do something like this to a decent man? The crowd has started to consider Antony’s points by now, and Antony makes his ultimate point by bringing out Caesar’s will. He is urged to read it but says that if he did it would inflame the crowd to know how much Caesar loved the people. Members of the crowd are becoming inflamed by now, and Antony has them gather around Caesar’s bier. Antony regales them with memories of Caesar and how well Caesar loved Brutus, and accentuates this with showing Caesar’s wounds. Antony claims to the crowd that he is no great speaker; he simply loved his friend is telling the truth. Reading Caesar’s will finally turns the tide: he left every citizen money and his private lands for the public. The crowd has decided to honorably cremate Caesar and burn the conspirators’ homes. Antony has accomplished what he meant to do through persuading the people of Rome that Caesar’s sympathies lay with them.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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What are Boolean operators and how are they used for searching academic databases?

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Boolean operators are the basics of searching. They are search limiters that can contract or expand search results, depending on what the user wants to do. The most common limiters are AND, OR and NOT. Searching with AND narrows search results. For instance, if the user types in genealogy AND archives, the system will retrieve results with both genealogy and archives as descriptors at the same time. Searching with OR can be used to connect concepts. Genealogy OR archives will retrieve results with any of those terms. Searching with NOT limits search results. If someone wanted to search for pesticides NOT paraquat, the system would retrieve results without the descriptor ‘paraquat’.

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