Tutor profile: Krista B.
Subject: Microsoft Excel
Tables are an excellent way to analyze your data, particularly if you have a large amount of information in your sheet. How do you create the table and what information can you gain from it?
My library subscriptions spreadsheet would be great as a table. One of the most important pieces of information I need is the total cost of subscriptions. I created the table by selecting all cells that have information I want to include, which means all of the information on the sheet. Once created, I place the cursor in an empty cell below the subscription price column. Next, I select all of the cells with monetary amounts in the column. That creates a formula. The amount in this "total" cell, will automatically update to reflect any changes made in the cells above.
Subject: Library and Information Science
Sometimes written materials are not available but information is still needed. Public libraries have a wealth of online resources available to all card holders. When a library user comes into the library with a research question, there are several databases that might be useful. How can you help a library user find information about climate change using online resources.
A very good newspaper database is the New York Times, which covers 1980 through the present. Type climate change into the basic search box to see the broadest possible search results. This list includes articles, blog posts, podcasts, and more. Now you narrow the search. Use the limiters in the left column liberally! Starting from the top, I just work my way down. I'm choosing full text, magazine articles, a date range of 2018 through the present, and only looking at editorials. Last, I choose the subject "environmental policy" and now have a list of 28 articles. Much better place to start than the original 73,838.
Subject: US History
The United States were reluctant to get involved in WWII as combatants until 1941 although their allies declared war in 1939. Why caused this hesitation? What lead the US to become involved?
There was the long-standing belief in isolationism among a substantial part of the US population in the 1930s. Isolationism is the policy of avoiding involvement in other countries' political or economic problems. In other words, the conflict was happening "over there" and was somebody else's problem. That all changed when Japan launched a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor followed by a declaration of war.
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