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First Impressions

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First impressions are really important when it comes to a job interview, meeting the in-laws for the first time, trying to land a sale, and many, many other social situations...
...and it only takes two to three seconds to make a first impression.

According to Mind Tools the key elements to making a great first impression are:
     1. Be on time.
     2. Present yourself appropriately.
     3. Be yourself.
     4.  Have a winning smile.
     5. Be open and confident.
     6. Use small talk.
     7. Be positive.
     8. Be courteous and attentive.

We have all probably heard this list before (or something like it), and you've probably been to a job interview, or have had to meet someone you wanted to impress, but did you ever think about the first impression your writing makes? You should.

When you send a letter or an article to a colleague or publisher they cannot help but form some kind of first impression when they open your document; this also applies to your professor. When you…

The Annotated Bibliography

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Sometimes writing an annotated bibliography leaves students wondering, Why?

The annotated bibliography and the essay for which you are producing the annotated bibliography are two entirely different pieces of writing. NOTHING that you put in your annotated bibliography will appear in your final essay.

Understand that your annotated bibliography is the preliminary list of sources you will be using. Often times, when writing a paper, you will change your mind or go into another direction once you dive into the subject. So, more than likely, you will probably need to do a little more research once you begin writing the actual paper.

Be mindful and collect relevant college-level sources. Here some things to remember:

1. Qualifications of Author
Limit your articles to scholarly/peer reviewed articles and you'll generally be able to find the qualifications of the authors on the first page of the article. The qualifications generally consist of advanced degrees and affiliations with coll…