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Tutor profile: Micaela K.

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Micaela K.
Recent MSIS graduate with a passion for data and research
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Subject: Library and Information Science

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What are boolean operators?

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Boolean operators are words like AND, OR, and NOT which can be used when searching for information in many reference databases and search engines. Each individual resource will have their own specific guidance for searching, but generally the following is true. Using AND in your search will retrieve records that include all of the search terms you listed and is often helpful if you’re trying to be very specific or want to narrow down a huge list of results. OR will include records with any of the search terms listed, which might be what you need if you’re just starting your research and aren’t sure what you want to focus on yet. NOT will exclude any records that include the specific search term. For example, if you’re writing a paper on conservatorships and want to specifically discuss Britney Spears’ situation, you would want to use the AND operator to link your search for the term “Conservatorship” AND “Britney Spears”. If you wanted to discuss the names of other celebrities who have been in similar situations, you might search “Britney Spears” OR “Amanda Bynes” OR “Joni Mitchell”. If you wanted to research conservatorships but weren’t interested in including Britney in your discussion at all, you might use “Conservatorship” NOT “Britney Spears” to exclude articles records where she is mentioned.

Subject: Sociology

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What is intersectionality?

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Intersectionality is a term created by Kimberlé Crenshaw to address the ways in which our various identities as humans (things like our race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, or ability) impact the way in which we are perceived and treated within society. Some of our identities may provide us with advantages or privileges (like being white or wealthy) while others may lead to disadvantages or discrimination (like being disabled or queer). Examining the world through an intersectional lens means acknowledging the ways in which our different identities influence how we are treated and that none of our identities exist in isolation from one another.

Subject: Gender Studies

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In one of her most famous essays, published in Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde wrote: "For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change." What does Lorde mean by this?

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In this quote, Lorde is suggesting that lasting change for the disenfranchised will not come until the system that is actively disenfranchising them is thoroughly examined and reinvented. While disenfranchised individuals may still find success within the existing system, true liberation for all is not possible when the systems that dictate our existence remain rooted in the oppression of others. This popular quote can be applied to nearly any form of inequality, but in her essay Lorde specifically challenges the effectiveness of feminisms that fail to acknowledge the ways in which our intersecting identities impact our lived experiences.

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