Tutor profile: Coreen G.
I have to write a paper for my class and I know what I want to write about, but I am struggling with getting from the introduction to the conclusion. I start writing but it seems more like I'm just dropping information and not writing a paper. Nothing seems to be fitting together!
I am sorry to hear that you are struggling. It is wonderful that you know the topic you want to write about! Have you tried outlining yet? I know that it may seem like a strange step if you haven't done it before, but it can be incredibly beneficial in organizing your thoughts. An outline may look something like this: Intro Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Conclusion Go ahead and write down your topic and three (it can be more or less depending on what your topic and writing requirement is) point about that topic. Under these points, write down some information about them. This will allow you to write a bit about each section that helps describe your main topic without feeling like you need to write everything at once. Does this help at all? If you would like to tell me more about your topic I would be happy to help you outline your topic so it can seem more clear to you. Writing can be difficult and I am happy to assist you in working towards your goal.
Subject: Library and Information Science
What is the difference between a "hard copy" resource and an online one? What one is better?
Wonderful question, though it is a bit of a complicated answer. To answer this, you need to ask yourself a few questions. Why are you looking at this resource? Are you looking at materials for a library collection? Let's assume that you are. You are looking to create a collection that your patrons can use and will be worth the money. So, let's look at a dictionary. There are hard copy dictionaries and a plethora of resources that you can access online. A hard copy book is great for someone who may not be technologically knowledgable or comfortable logging onto a computer to look up information. It also doesn't need electricity or anything extra; you can pick the dictionary up and find the information as long as you know how to find it (alphabetically and knowing how to spell the word you are looking up). The negative of this type of resource is it becomes outdated rather quickly. To update the resource you need to buy the dictionary every time it is released which adds to your budget every year. An online resource, like I had mentioned, does need to have access to internet and technology. Now assuming that your library does have this resource, you may need to teach patrons how to use it. However, whenever there is an update the update is implemented online. This means you don't need to do anything to update it, the website does all the work for you! You also can link this on your library website for patrons to use it and have access to it outside of the library (assuming they have internet and knowledge to do so). In short, there isn't a right or a wrong answer. You really need to know your patrons, the communities you serve, and their access to information needs and preferences. I would suggest learning about the community, how easy it is to access information the way that it stands right now, and determine how you could help them further their access. Even if this is a theoretical question, evaluating the community you are in (or one you may find yourself in) will help. The answer you have will vary depending on who you would be working with, what kind of budget you would have and the access to materials in that area.
How do I write a citation for APA? Does it require an in text citation as well?
Great question! Formatting with APA can be challenging and there are a lot of rules to follow. As for in text citation, any time you use an idea or information from an author (even if it is from something you have written before) you want to properly cite that author to give them credit and avoid plagiarism. If you are not using a direct quote, the formatting is (Author, date year) after the information and before the period of the sentence. If you are using a direct quote, it is (Author, date year, page number). The reference is in the format below although it can depend on what type of source you are using. Author. (Date). Title. Resource name (in italics) along with journal number and page number. Web address or DOI. Do you know what sources you are using? I would be happy to help you with learning about the different source types and how they need to be formatted.