I work in public health and have worked on a number of different qualitative and quantitative research projects. I feel like my method of managing and taking notes on background research is sub-optimal and I could dramatically improve my strategy. What do you do? [more inside]
I'm working on a personal research project (not connected to any school/work) and am looking for resources that expand on these two themes: "an informed citizenry" and "the responsibilities of the citizen in a democracy." [more inside]
I'm working on an academic project that requires me to wrangle more voluminous sources than I normally deal with - four or five 600-page 19th century select committee reports and that kind of thing. I'm struggling to manage my notes and to keep a decent grip on everything that might be of potential interest to my research questions. How do you manage sources for this type of project? I have been writing 1-2 page synopses of each source, and noting page references to key quotations etc, but I'm wondering if there's some more efficient system for organising and studying this material that I'm missing. Any tips?
I'm an academic. I'm new to supervising subordinates on my research and I'm unsure of the norms. Should a subordinate present at conferences on a project only if they would be a co-author on the article? [more inside]
I'm working on a book about the public radio pledge drive. I'm looking at how and why they work as they do and what might be done to make them work better. I'll be referring to specific examples of what I think are weaknesses in how stations conduct them and how those practices, in turn, annoy listeners and hurt drive effectiveness. Does that mean I have to identify the stations? [more inside]
I see a lot of lightweight articles of dubious scientific merit claiming that one should not shave down a dog's coat in the summer because it actually helps keep it cool during the summer. Can someone point me to actual science that upholds or refutes this claim? [more inside]
I would like to study the history of the business of poetry publishing. Where should I look? [more inside]
A colleague of mine has some photographs of archival documents in French (a language which he does not read, but which I do), namely 166 pages' worth. He wants me to go through them and see to what extent they address certain topics/events. What do you think an appropriate fee for this would be? (If I were to do actual translating, I have a per-word fee that I have used in the past.) I have a PhD in European History but am currently "between jobs" at the moment.
Is it appropriate to email a former grad student of a professor you might like to work with to ask about their PhD experience and the future of the niche field they studied? [more inside]
It's been a few years since this question has been asked, and I know things have changed since then. There's so much info out there on the various genealogy sites, and I'm not sure what to do. Right now I have free trials with MyHeritage and Geni, but apparently a relative has done a lot of research into a certain branch of my family on Ancestry.com. I'm looking for insight on which to pick in terms of price and usefulness, etc.
I'm gearing up to draw several hundred pages of comics set in the mountains and small villages of Japan, as it was in 1865. Recommendations for movies, manga, anime, books, anything that I can add to my collection of visual reference? [more inside]
In the course of archival research, I've come across transcriptions and author's notes of some remarks that were given during a private conference in 1942. I'm having trouble sorting out the 1909 and 1976 Copyright Acts and how they impact these documents. Are they in the public domain, or are they still under copyright?
I recently accepted a paid position as a MS/PhD student (I collect the MS along the way to the PhD) at a well-ranked research institution in the US in engineering. Having read some of the threads here about people's PhD experiences, I can feel some inner panic growing! Maybe it's an impossible request since I know there's an enormous amount of luck involved, but I'd be grateful to hear about the other side - PhD students who tolerated or even enjoyed their experience. [more inside]
I'm near the end of my Master's degree. I have one semester left which will be a research project with a 10k-word paper at the end. I know I want to go on to a PhD next but I dont know how this stuff works. [more inside]
I'm brainstorming a YA novel that would be set in a wealthy Long Island suburb in 1979. What was life like for teenagers then? Anecdotes, stories, and book or movie suggestions welcome. [more inside]
I have been doing most of my research digitally for a number of years, with varying degrees of success. As I finish up my phd (!) I want to refresh my research habits and streamline for efficiency. For pdfs, epubs, and online articles I currently use several services and software platforms, only some of which are compatible. Help me best this [more inside]
There's a famous study of gender bias in which people were shown a picture of a person next to a sink....when the participants were told the person was female, they reported that she was washing dishes. When the participants were told the person was male, they reported that he was repairing the sink. But if it's such a famous study, why can't I find the picture? [more inside]
I have a perfectly good professional career which is interesting and pays a good salary. Occasionally I get to do a small research project which I enjoy. Lately I have caught myself thinking about doing a PhD part-time, and cutting back the hours of my regular job. [more inside]
What's the best way to estimate the number of peer-reviewed articles written about a topic? [more inside]
I need to schedule people for appointments at various intervals, ideally using some form of...software?, and I'd like to do it all in one go at the start. I guess this is a computer problem, but maybe it's a math problem. Shoot. [more inside]
My PhD supervisor is getting a new job. I want to move with him, but the new university doesn’t seem as good as my current one. It is decidedly weaker in my field and much less well-known overall. I am not sure whether I should go to the new university, stay at the current one, or try to graduate from my current university while also working with my current supervisor. [more inside]
We may have found an abandoned "cemetery" just off our property in a rural area. Possibly from homesteaders or maybe earlier. How do we research this? [more inside]
My part-time research job with a boutique consulting firm has the opportunity to become a full-time job this summer. It will be a new position with the firm, and I've been out of industry for kind of while. What in the world should I ask for in terms of salary? [more inside]
I'm borrowing the conceit of a recent Ask MeFi question about building a new career out of skills I have. My special snowflake stiff is in the [more inside]
How exactly do you score this Reactions to Research Participation Questionnaire Revised (RRPQ-R) form? I see some hints on the last page, but what steps would a researcher take to turn a stack of completed forms into data the proper way? I could take a guess but I'm curious to know the actual method. Google is seemingly empty of the answer. I do not think I have access to the sources on the last page.
I may be chasing an imaginary beast, but here goes: I'm looking for an app for my iPad Pro and all its screen real estate that will allow me to take text (whether copied in or written in the app) and link text/graphic files and comments to individual words of the text. Ideally, this will also support Pencil/stylus entry so I can link sketches or handwritten notes to individual words as well. [more inside]
In what ways could I quantify differences in sexism/gender norms/rape culture across US states, cities, and/or universities using publicly-available data? [more inside]
Is there a college or university or blogger or non-profit (other than a CPB or NPR affiliated organization) that examines the operation or behavior of public radio stations? Not necessarily another news organization but something along the lines of the Electronic Freedom Foundation - like a watchdog (other than itself) that insures its coverage is fair and its function is ethical? The publication "Current" says it is independent from public radio as "Stars and Stripes" says it is independent from the military. Are there others?
Are you a researcher, engineer, doctor, or someone else who keeps up with the peer-reviewed literature in one field or another? What are some of the most interesting papers in your field that I, a layperson, can access? [more inside]
Is a tool like Survey Monkey suited to qualitative research? [more inside]
I have a couple of market research things I would like to survey segments of the population on, beyond who I know. What survey websites allow you to do this as an independent individual? Addendum: They need to have an option for Australia. (SurveyMonkey is the kind of thing I am looking for, but I'm shopping around in case there's a better option for what I'm doing in particular.)
I've been thinking a lot about empathy and the way we communicate on the Internet. What research, studies, books, articles, etc. should I be reading? Special snowflake requirements: I studied Psych 101, so it's gotta be on my damn fool BA in English level of understanding.
I applied to intern/assist at a number of research labs under the same university, and unexpectedly received multiple positive replies asking to meet in person. I don't think each professor knows I applied to other professors at the same university at this point, but they probably all know each other. How do I handle this properly and politely? (I don't want to offend anyone...) Help! (Longer explanation inside.) [more inside]
If you do quantitative research for a living, where do you go when you have questions, or want to learn more about how to analyze data? [more inside]
I'm seeking the dateline,20/20, or the 48 hours which covered the Avery trial. [more inside]
Has there been any scholarly work or research done on how attitudes toward sex workers/pornographic performers have changed due to social media? [more inside]
Please help me compile research resources for a project I will undertake in the year ahead. I would like to become very familiar with the following subjects: 1) New York City and Greenwich Village in the 1850s-1900. 2) The experience of Irish immigrants in that same era 3) The state of Christmas as a cultural entity and practice in that era. Special snowflake explanation inside. [more inside]
I'm trying to identify possible online forums where social scientists--and in particular those interested in education policy and education assessment metrics--gather together and provide a support community regarding projects, answer questions, and offer suggestions about possible research approaches to take in answering questions. It could be associated with a particular university or it could be broader in reach and scope. [more inside]
I am 47 years old, and have been non-employed for several years now. I've spent some of this time involved as a concerned citizen in local land-use politics conflict. Several activists I worked with have praised my 'research' skills and writing ability. I've discovered that urbanism is a complex, fascinating and important cause, and a fertile vantage from which to look at the world. If I were to produce -- as an independent scholar -- work that was published in a peer-review journal on urbanist topics, could this result in making me more employable? [more inside]
I'm looking to redesign my personal research site and I'm thinking to use a blogging platform such as WordPress; however, I can't seem to find any good, clean and modern templates. In particular, I would like to add sections for my publications, recent news, scripts I have written, and my upcoming talks / presentations. Does anyone have suggestions for a robust platform and any themes that I could use for the site? Thanks!
For the past several years I've been working on my family tree on Ancestry, which has been great. Lots of work has already been done on a number of branches, so there's lots of information. However, I've hit a few genuine dead ends and have run out of ideas of where to look and what to look for. Would hiring a professional researcher help? [more inside]
Research on voice recognition software as a translation tool: is there any? [more inside]
My Armenian great-uncle lived in Iran 1918(ish) to 1952(ish) and I'd like to find out more about his time there. [more inside]
I'm looking for wiki software to help me organize information on a project I'm working on. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
I am working on a paper for graduate school and I'm having no luck finding a key piece of information: how many K-12 schools in NJ (or, failing that, the entire US) use iPads/tablets in 1:1 classrooms? [more inside]
I read a lot of content from articles/essays I save online. Sometimes I want to annotate these articles and organise them for research purposes. At the moment the best way to do this is Evernote, but I find the iPad / Android app clunky for reading and highlighting. The interface is designed for writing, and is a constant frustration. Are there any better solutions? [more inside]
Is there a standard resource or set of resources that a lay person can use to identify past and current civil and criminal lawsuits in a comprehensive set of jurisdictions (including Federal District Courts, State courts, and not particularly concerned with tribunals and tax courts)? [more inside]
I have a research project involving about ~90 subjects in two (self-selected) groups. I have collected a number of variables about these subjects (from public sources), and now I would like to do some statistical tests to say whether these variables are significantly correlated with membership in one group or the other. How do I do this? I have a basic knowledge of R and access to Stata 14. [more inside]
In the “Steve Jobs” script by Aaron Sorkin, there is a little exchange between Jobs and Sculley in which the former says that the name “Apple” came from a “list of friendly-sounding words”. Regardless of why Apple is named Apple, do such lists exist? Is there any research on what makes a word sound friendly to people (phonetically, semantically, aurally, visually, ...)?
It's 2015, and more and more academic articles from pre-Internet times are getting scanned, indexed, and shared. Back in the day, you might have been able to publish essentially the same paper in journals with mainly domestic subscriber lists in two different countries, and nobody ever would have been the wiser. Somebody did this. The intersection of subscribers was probably less than 25 libraries in this case back then. Twenty years later, and a reader noticed. Author is now a big cheese. My gut tells me to treat this just like any other case of major plagiarism--notify the author, allow them to respond, but then likely public retraction as self-plagiarism and notify employer and journal where Author is now editor. [more inside]