Tutor profile: Tath H.
How do I cite things?
It depends what you are trying to cite, and what field you are trying to cite in. Different disciplines have different styles- which help other researchers and students give credit to thinkers, and help each other find the resources. You will cite things by finding a template or a style guide for the specific kind of thing you are trying to cite, like an article published in an academic journal or a photograph. You will collect all the information you have that details its creation and publishing. Commonly, you will need 1. the title 2. the creator 3. the place it was published (publication name) 4. the year it was published But different styles require different things. My biggest piece of advice is to create a bibliography as you go. At very least, keep track of the title, author, and date of anything you read and cite, so that later, you can collect all the bibliographic information you need to give credit, and demonstrate how you have approached your topic.
Subject: Study Skills
How do you manage time well?
Manage time by breaking up your work into smaller, manageable pieces. This is my first step in planning ahead. For example, if I have a 10 page paper, I may aim for 2 paragraphs a day and limit my reading to just one or two questions at a time. This helps me keep on schedule and not feel overwhelmed.
Subject: Library and Information Science
How do you evaluate if a resource is credible and worth using before reading?
First, ask yourself "what am I trying to learn from this?" the more specific your answer is, the better you'll be able to guide yourself and save time and manage stress. Sometimes, this will help save you from feeling like you have to read everything-- and think more closely about your search terms. Then, look to closely at all the information you have about the article (the author, publication, date, abstract, subject headings) to see if your curiosity is reflected in this information. For example, is the title of the publication similar to your subject? Or is a subject term right on the mark something you're looking for? Does the abstract provide insight that makes you think "Oh, man, this is interesting!" If so, then you're on the right track. Look closer at the publication and the author. Ask yourself if they raise any red flags about its credibility. For example, if you're working with something you've found on a database, check to see if the publication is peer reviewed, or any affiliations the author has. If you're looking at something on the open web, try to think what perspective the article might be writing from. Look for hints that it may be biased, such as political advertisements, or language. Then, if everything looks promising, you can read feeling more confident it will be useful.
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