Tutor profile: Jacob B.
Subject: Library and Information Science
How can I gut-check the legitimacy of the article source I am using?
If the article is not a conference publication but released in a journal, Web of Science (now Clarviate Analytics) releases an Impact Factor list every two years - if the journal has a high impact factor, that indicates a high level of citation counts per article, and is a good means to see that the articles from the journal have high visibility and veracity in its field. (If you are with an academic institution, check with your library team to see if they have an institution subscription to Web of Science; you can also find these impact factors through an online search.) You can also search for the article through Google Scholar and check its citation counts there as a follow-up. If it is a relatively new article, checking the Impact Factor (the higher the better) can give you a good idea that the article has been through a rigorous peer-review process.
Subject: Religious Studies
What is Systematic Theology when compared to other forms of Christian theology?
Systematic Theology approaches the topics of Christian thought - "Trinity", "redemption", so on - through the lens of all Biblical scriptures, as they apply to issues proposed by the modern experience. This differs from other approaches to theology, such as Biblical theology, which sees and interprets Christian scripture chronologically and through its authors' perspectives as they may have changed culturally and historically.
Subject: Film and Theater
What actually is Lacanian spectatorship in cinema, and why does it matter?
The psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan proposed, in his work, the concept of the "mirror stage" in the early development of infants - that at a certain point, a baby is able to recognize their image in a reflection, and identify itself with this image. The theoretical application of psychoanalysis by later film theorists proposed that the act of viewing a film in itself - the point of the view of the shots selected, the gaze of the actors in their relation to the editing choices of the filmmakers, and what action is shown on screen in the narrative - is in fact the same Mirror as Lacan. The film watcher recognizes themself in the "gaze" of the camera, and the film's meanings can be derived from this identification.