Tutor profile: Anna N.
How do I write an effective essay?
If you’re new to essay writing, it might be a good idea to stick to the standard 5-paragraph format. The first paragraph will be an introductory paragraph, which you should begin with a broad statement that relates to your topic. Then, narrow your focus until you arrive at a specific thesis statement that summarizes the argument or theme of your essay. This should be the last sentence of your first paragraph. The next three paragraphs will contain your arguments or ideas. It’s a good idea to make an outline of what points you want to make, how you’ll arrange them, and how your argument/information will flow. Break these down as much as you need to in order to feel prepared to write your essay. Start your final paragraph by restating your thesis, then draw a broad conclusion summarizing what you’ve said in your essay. This is the fifth “conclusion” paragraph. If you have cited any sources, be sure to cite them at the end of your essay according to the citation format you’re using (MLA, APA, etc).
Subject: Library and Information Science
How can I evaluate the quality of my sources?
One commonly accepted method for evaluating internet sources is known as the C.R.A.A.P. test. C is for “currency” - is the article or research recent? Has the website been recently updated? R is for “relevance” - is the source relevant to the topic or question at hand? A is for “authority” - where is the information coming from? What expertise or credentials do they have? A is for “accuracy” - is the information complete? Are references/citations provided? P is for “purpose” - what is the purpose of this information? Asking these questions should help you determine the quality of your sources.
I need at least 3 journal articles from the 21st century about the poet John Donne, where should I look?
To begin, try a free database like Google Scholar (scholar.google.com) or Jstor (Jstor.org). In order to limit your database search to the results you want, first navigate to the “Advanced Search” page - in Jstor there will be a link right below the search bar on the main page. Once you’re in Advanced Search, you can scroll down a bit to the heading “Narrow Results”. You’ll want to check the box for “articles”, since you only want articles, and to enter “2001” and “2021” in the publication date fields, since the articles need to be from the 21st century. Scroll back to the top of the page and enter “john donne” in the keyword search bar. It might also be a good idea to select “content I can access” from the menu just above the “submit advanced search” button. When you’re ready to click it, you should see over 100 search results. By browsing through and clicking each title, you can choose which 3 articles are best suited to your research topic.
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