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July 2

Getting what you pay for regarding TESOL Certification
Would successful completion of this course be sufficient to find a job teaching English as a second language or is it more akin to a degree from an infamous shady on-line university?
posted by she's not there at 6:58 PM - 7 answers
Works that need to be translated into English?
Is there a way to find out what sorts of academic materials would benefit from an original or updated English translation? I'm sure that one way to figure this out would be to know your academic discipline well. Are there other ways of determining if there is a strong need in a particular discipline for additional translation work? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 3:56 PM - 6 answers

July 1

How do I search Amazon's database for keywords in editorial reviews
I want to aggregate certain reviewers and their reading tastes that are posted on I only care about the professional "Editorial Reviews" and not the customer comments. So for example, if I want to read all the reviews attributed to say "Library Journal" or search out blurbs written by a certain author that blurbed a book, I can readily find it. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue at 11:23 PM - 2 answers

An English speaker's Univision World Cup Primer?
I am watching the World Cup on Univision, and am excited to understand as much of the commentary as I do, but would love to understand more. Where can I find common words/phrases? [more inside]
posted by jermsplan at 10:12 AM - 8 answers

Learn Chemistry the fun way...via audio?
Is there a way to learn chemistry that is 1) fun/funny/in some way entertaining 2) via audio? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt at 9:42 AM - 5 answers

June 30

Neuroscience and steroids in Seattle?
Last night, thanks to Call in the Night, I had a fascinating conversation with a neuroscience student who studies steroids in Seattle. We talked for an hour and a half, but got cut off while they were mid-story. Help me find out the end of their story! [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan at 7:03 PM - 6 answers

June 29

Grad school decisions
I've been accepted into two MLIS programs. I need help deciding. [more inside]
posted by gorbweaver at 9:42 AM - 12 answers

June 28

My kingdom for an intern!
I need a grant writing intern for my non-profit. Possibly several. Do you know what universities have good green technology or permaculture degree tracks that would be a good place to start looking? (many snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by ananci at 9:05 PM - 16 answers

The deadline for re-admission is soon, but...
I still have absolutely no clue what I want to do. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Urban_Painter at 12:01 PM - 11 answers

June 27

academic library access for the independent academic?
I live in the West Midlands, home to a few good university libraries. Unfortunately, none of these libraries offer memberships to community members. My own alma mater, Birmingham City University, does not have an alumni library membership. It's very annoying. I would really like access to SagePub and T&F for journal articles. Can you recommend a university or college in the UK, Europe, or anywhere that offers remote access to their library's databases and where I could buy an annual membership?
posted by parmanparman at 7:52 PM - 15 answers

Child reading books in the summer
Hi, My 10 year old girl loves to read. When she gets started, she loves it, but it's the "getting her started" that I have a problem with. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 9:36 AM - 33 answers

I need to write some incredibly tedious essays for work. I can't. Help.
I'm currently on a graduate training scheme, and whilst some of it's interesting, they keep making me write really horrible essays on 'professional practice', and I really can't cope with it. [more inside]
posted by Ned G at 8:39 AM - 15 answers

June 26

Masters degree for "Makers"
I need to take masters credit worthy classes, I already have a Masters degree so want to take a greater range of courses. What classes would you put in a Masters degree for someone as part of the "Maker" community? [more inside]
posted by dstopps at 6:40 PM - 9 answers

June 25

CollegeFilter: How is one to choose without regret?
At the age of 24, I just completed my first year of undergraduate studies at a good public university. I am a strong student with a 4.0 GPA, but I feel that my interests are so broad and varied that I don't know how to narrow down on a specific path of study. Compound these problems with the ubiquitous financial and career concerns of the modern college student, and you have one confused student. How can I resolve this inner turmoil and structure a long-term plan that will bring me (at least some) peace of mind? [more inside]
posted by fignewton at 12:44 PM - 33 answers

June 24

Math book recommendations?
Years ago I read John Derbyshire's Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics and loved it. Now I'm studying formal theory/real analysis and I'm finding it really it interesting, but would like to be able to spend my downtime reading about the background of math and also explains some of the concepts. Thanks!
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 2:09 PM - 13 answers

Using Flesch reading ease test
"Can you use the Flesch Reading Ease Formula with a one-word sentence or a phrase that isnt a complete sentence? Such as a multiple choice answer on a test.
posted by Postroad at 12:53 PM - 3 answers

June 23

Unemployed and demoralized. Should I go back to school?
I just graduated from college. I have had absolutely zero luck finding a job. Should I go back to school for computer science? [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase at 7:08 PM - 26 answers

June 22

newspaper search, power reference librarian edition
The New York Times has historically been printed in multiple editions: a first edition, published around 10:30 PM; an early edition, printed the next morning; and afternoon/final editions, later that day. Are there copies of the earlier versions anywhere? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic at 6:29 PM - 6 answers

June 21

Quiet location to study in NYC where it's not too cold
Can anyone suggest a relatively quiet place to study(must have power socket and wifi) without loud music and not too cold? In NYC, Brooklyn or Manhattan. Preferrably can stay for long hours. NYU library is too cold due to AC temp too low. I already wear long pant and fleece jacket, just cant sit still without chills. Thanks.
posted by pack2themoon at 3:32 AM - 13 answers

June 20

Tedium, tedii, tedio
I'm teaching a three-hour daily intensive college Latin class. Help me come up with ideas to relieve the mind-numbing boredom of endless drills and "The queen sent the letter to the citizens"-type sentences. [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark at 8:08 AM - 16 answers

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