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Tutor profile: Michelle L.

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Michelle L.
Academic Librarian and Writing Specialist
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Subject: Writing

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When writing an essay, why is it helpful to develop a thesis statement early on in the writing process?

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Michelle L.
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Developing a thesis statement can help you determine the focus of your essay. This will help you in gathering resources because the thesis statement also serves as the topic of your research, so you know what you are researching and can determine if a resource is or is not relevant to your topic. A thesis statement can also help you develop a basic structure of your paper by determining the focus or topic and what areas you need to cover to prove your thesis statement.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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What are some ways you can tell if an article or book is scholarly?

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If it's an article, you can check to see if it was published in a scholarly or peer-reviewed journal. For books or articles, you want to check for a compiled list of cited sources, the authority of the author and who they are associated with (are they a professor or professional that specializes in this research, or do they work in an unrelated field?), and consider the motive for publication (what point are they trying to prove? are they trying to sell something? increase knowledge in an area of study?). You can also use tools like the CRAAP test to help guide you through checking for currency, relevance, accuracy, authority, and purpose within resources to determine if the resource is scholarly.

Subject: Anthropology

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When conducting ethnographic research, why is it important to be aware of the lens through which you are observing human interactions?

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Michelle L.
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In being aware of the lens you perceive things through, you are made more aware of your biases and how those impact your view and interpretation of actions, connections, and materials you, or the people you are studying, are interacting with. This also leads you to examine the lens of the people you are studying to see how they view their actions/beliefs/connections/etc. are understood within their culture. To accurately record the interactions of others, you need to be subjective, and being aware of the lens you view things through allows you to be more subjective when observing other peoples or groups.

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