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Tutor profile: Ellen C.

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Ellen C.
Librarian with 20+ years experience K - Post Graduaate
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Subject: Library and Information Science

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Hello, I am a senior in college and my dad suggested that I look into graduate school. I work in our college library and I thought it would be great to see if I could get a graduate degree in library science. I am not sure what programs are out there, how much it would cost, and/or if I need to take more than the GRE to get in. Thanks

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Ellen C.
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Hello! Library Science is a great career and program. My husband and I met in library school at Indiana University, in Bloomington Indiana. Go Big Red! I am not sure what part of the country you are from but first you can if the state you are in has a library program. For example, in Michigan two universities have a library program: Wayne State and University of Michigan. The U of M program is quite expensive, but it has a good program for children's librarians. You might want to use the GraduateSchools.com which lists programs by subject and/or by state. The site would also provide information on the GRE score and/or GPA you will need to be accepted.

Subject: Literature

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Hello, I saw on PBS that they are doing a documentary on Ernest Hemingway, his life, and his works. I do not know much about Hemingway and his works and/or his life, where should I try to find information about him? Is there a way to find information about his wives, who I have heard had careers before they married. Thanks

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Ellen C.
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Hello! I heard from my book club that PBS was doing a documentary about Hemingway and we briefly discussed that we should read one of his books. We joked that the only thing we all had read was the Old Man and the Sea and then we decided to find another author/title. Hemingway as an author is prolific. The first step you may want to try is to find out the names of Hemingway's novels. A good source is GoodReads.com. That will provide a list and a brief description. Plus it is not as overpowering as the Amazon search engine which will give you a TON if you search on Hemingway. As you go through the titles you will notice that Hemingway often wrote his books about a time in his life. For example, A Farewell to Arms is about his time when he was a hospital driver during World War I. For Whom the Bell Tolls is about his time over in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. During the times he wrote his novel he was often with a wife and/or his current mistress at the time. And by finding a time frame and/or subject you are interested in, you would be able to find out more about what woman he was with at that time. I find his time in the Spanish Civil War interesting as it shows how his views of Communism was changed before, during, and after the death of Jose Robles which fractured his relationship with John Dos Passos, another writer who was in Spain at the time. Once you have decided on the type of novels and/or time frame, you can use the MLS database to find out information about his works and perhaps books that have been written about him. One easy way to start is to Google, I know, Ernest Hemingway and find a list of his wives, mistresses, girlfriends, and contemporaries as a place to start. Good luck and we will be here if you need us!

Subject: Education

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Hello, I am a new graduate student in the linguistics program and I am looking for some information on Dr. Robert Lado, would you be able to help me?

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Ellen C.
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Hello! Wow gratulations on being accepted into the linguistics program. Languages and the history behind the English language is fascinating. One of the first things you can do is conduct a search in the library catalog to find any books that have been written by Dr. Lado. You will search by author: Lado, Robert to see a list of his works. You might also want to look in the catalog record to see if there are any subject heading classification that would give you additional research on Dr. Lado and/or his work in English as Second Learners. Dr. Lado also has an institute that might be able to provide you additional information. The Dr. Robert Lado Institute is online at lado.edu Good luck and if you need any more help please feel free to come back. Or once you have your research started if you have more specific type(s) of information you need, I will be here to help.

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