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Tutor profile: Alexander W.

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Subject: Writing

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Why is the Oxford comma often a point of contention?

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Answer:

While the Oxford comma isn't technically required grammatically not having it as part of your list can change some meanings drastically. The point of commas grammatically is to separate items so that we know they said on their own in a sentence instead of being grouped which means not using Oxford commas may lead to confusion. It is better in almost every case to use the comma than not just to be completely sure that your meaning is clear and obvious.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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What is the most effective method for searching for research materials on an online database?

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Utilizing keywords and punctuation will always give you better results unless you already know exactly what you're looking for. Keywords can narrow searches drastically and adding commas or periods afterward will limit to search further to only items that contain those specific keywords. The end result of this will be a narrower, more focused search that can more quickly and easily find materials that will be useful to you.

Subject: Literature

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Describe in detail one reoccurring theme in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.

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The power of women, or lack there of, is a constant theme throughout the text. Examples include how Jane has all passion trained out of her from a young age, her not being able to marry Mr. Rochester until she has become equal in wealth and he has become crippled, and the ways that Bertha is dehumanized for descriptions of what seems to be simple human lust. This theme is embodied by Jane's inner struggle of wanting to love Mr. Rochester and never being allowed to until all other social dynamics have shifted into her favor.

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