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1. What is the difference between a How-To and a Tutorial?

The goal of a How-To is to provide the reader with clear and concise instructions to accomplish a specific task. They are concerned with filling an immediate, short-term need. Tutorials often provide long-term knowledge that can be applied across a range of needs. While tutorials may contain How-To-like instructions and content, they also include additional background and conceptual content to help teach their readers higher order concepts along the way.

2. What is the difference between a How-To and an Informational Article?

The goal of a How-To is to help the reader to accomplish a specific task with clear and concise instructions. The goal of an article is to provide the reader with general knowledge about a topic, such as one might find on Wikipedia. The CATS knowledge base seeks both kinds of articles, but especially those that will help academic technology staff get up to speed quickly on a work-related topic. 

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