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
on Jun 27, 2014 -
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
on Jun 22, 2014 -
So, I recently got selected to do undergraduate physics research this summer. Great! Awesome! Yay me!
However, my research advisor has asked me to use something called IDL to analyze tomographic images of compounds and turn them into 3D images. This is good news, because IDL is used a lot by astronomers to analyze astronomical data, and I want to continue my education in astronomy. But, I've never used IDL ever before. I'm not even sure exactly what it is (a programming language?).
My question is this: how do I get up to speed so that I can hit the ground running with my research?
Difficulty: Research begins in two weeks.
Details: [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw
on Apr 25, 2014 -
I'm currently a records manager for the Feds, but what I really love is the data. I've been thinking that I would like to change over into a more research/policy analyst type of job, but I'm unsure of exactly how to get from here to there. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible
on Apr 22, 2014 -
Does anybody know of any software solutions for manually capturing connections between specified regions within and between documents? [more inside]
posted by Verg
on Mar 14, 2014 -
It seems to be common knowledge that elderly people, or others who are subject to more falls, will sustain more fractures than the rest of the population, and will have increased morbidity as a result. What I am looking for is an authoritative journal article (abstract or title is fine), preferably from an orthopaedic publication, stating the above. [more inside]
posted by HoteDoge
on Mar 7, 2014 -
I am working on my dissertation, and I need to hire someone to write some code that will scrape content off of a password-protected site that uses AJAX. I don't really know how to go about doing this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 27, 2014 -
Hello, qualitative researchers! I'm doing a qualitative research project. i have a series of interview questions i wanted to ask some people. to make sure the questions were good, i asked them to my pre-test subject. the questions seemed clear and their responses seemed interesting.
but is there some more scientific way of saying (or deciding) "Yup, seems good."? I need to write in my thesis how i came to the conclusion that the pre-test was successful. I can see how this would be easy(or more precise) in quantitative research, but i don't have any numbers.
How do you do this? And how do you word it? Thank you!
posted by andreapandrea
on Feb 9, 2014 -
I'm doing some research about how depression manifests itself as physical symptoms. Do you know any authoritative, academic sources that I should consult to research the link? I'm not very familiar with exploring medical databases, and I don't know what medical journals might carry more weight than others... Thanks, everyone!
posted by travisf
on Jan 22, 2014 -
Are there ways of gaining access to a broad range of journals? I miss my access via the University library and am trying to find a way to legitimately gain access to papers. [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee
on Jan 9, 2014 -
Dear Hive Mind,
My friend (a graduate student in psychology) wants to collect physiological measures for her dissertation. However, she doesn't have much money with which to do so. What is the cheapest way for her to accurately record the heart rate of some undergraduates? How much more will it cost her to be able to export the data to a computer?
posted by zscore
on Nov 12, 2013 -
I run a program that directs people with HIV and at risk for HIV infection to research they might qualify for. We are co-sponsoring an event for providers in the HIV field. We would like to hand out swag mugs, but we have no idea what to say in such a small space. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1
on Oct 7, 2013 -
Want current research on stem cells as treatment for Parkinson's disease. Unreported experimentation, new discoveries, nascent research, the beginning formulations of theories and possible treatments. [more inside]
posted by MarioM
on Sep 3, 2013 -
I have emailed a professor about volunteering in her lab and, propitiously for me, she said that she'd be happy to give me this opportunity and will be in contact with me in September. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by metacognition
on Aug 26, 2013 -
I am 12-18 months from defending my dissertation. How do I find the best opportunities for post-doc positions?
posted by SarahBellum
on Jun 21, 2013 -
What are the limits to bedbugs? Why isn't every hotel room infested given how tough they are claimed to be? Is there any evidence on the chances of taking bed bugs home from a hotel with you? Will the bedbug infestation rates go ever upwards? Why or why not? Interested in aggregated, rather than anecdotal evidence here. [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister
on May 31, 2013 -
I want to know what typical ideas of typical teachers the public has. [more inside]
posted by b33j
on Apr 9, 2013 -
Hello dear Mefites. I am looking to buy or borrow this very-hard-to-find book:
Ramacciotti, Sandra and Rodil, María Victoria (2006): Economics: Glossary of Metaphorical Usage - Glosario Económico - Financiero Uso Metafórico de Voces
. Buenos Aires: Editorial Quorum. [more inside]
posted by ipsative
on Mar 11, 2013 -
I'm a librarian helping a patron. She's written an essay that, in part, discusses a piece of ancient Greek literature as the origin of a particular theme.
She's received feedback from a reviewer that was very critical regarding the omission of several specific secondary sources. There seemed to be an assumption that the author overlooked or neglected these sources, when in fact she hadn't come across them in her research.
The reviewer provided a list, but the author would like a way to avoid this kind of criticism in the future. Is there a way to identify key secondary sources on ancient Greek authors? [more inside]
posted by Boxenmacher
on Feb 19, 2013 -
I am looking for a copy of a 1938 pamphlet called "Gratitude" written by Dr. Harry L. James of Chicago. There was a copy on Ebay
, but it's sold now. Any chance I could find another copy (or PDF) of this thing? [more inside]
posted by mattbucher
on Jan 7, 2013 -
What U.S. research labs conduct bonobo
research, preferably at nearby research facilities? I'm looking into summer internships and graduate schools. [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie
on Oct 19, 2012 -
Be my career counselor: Help me tailor my resume toward a job in higher education administration or research, and a couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by constellations
on Oct 19, 2012 -
I found an audio file years ago that talked about the long-distance phone network in the USA in the 1970's. Can anyone tell me where it's from? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep
on Oct 16, 2012 -
Machine for recording research path, pre computer-age? Library books on a waterwheel device? Please point me to the right web page... [more inside]
posted by Speculatist
on Oct 13, 2012 -
I am a senior undergraduate biology student who wants to become a conservation biologist and a professor. I work part-time in a lab at my university, and my principal investigator recently made me an offer that on the face of it seems pretty great. Should I take it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Sep 24, 2012 -
How do I research a real estate developer and a mortgage lender (in Brooklyn) to make sure they're trustworthy?
(more detail below) [more inside]
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard
on Sep 13, 2012 -
I am looking for suggestions on the cheapest way to get bulk (25-100) smart phones (android preferred, but iOS could also work) for an academic research experiment. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony
on Jul 25, 2012 -
I'm at a senior-management position and currently head three departments including research, strategic relations and advocacy and digital initiatives at a very well known non-profit media media company for children. I'm wondering what kinds of certifications I can take to add to my professional qualifications/credentials. I'd like specific certification/course recommendations that have to do with large-scale quantitative research skills, project management, finance and such. Qualifications that can be pursued internationally are best - I'm based in India.
posted by Varna
on Jun 19, 2012 -
Another Ph.D quit-or-stay question: I'm really unhappy in my particular lab, and maybe unhappy with the whole idea of the Ph.D. I still like the idea of research - just want to work on a project that I'm interested in. What is the best way for me to be able to work on things that I like, possibly outside of a Ph.D degree program, but still in an academic lab? Looong snowflake details inside, summary at end. [more inside]
posted by permiechickie
on Jun 13, 2012 -
What is the current state of interdisciplinary research between biology and economics? [more inside]
posted by gauche
on May 16, 2012 -
Help me find an article about bacteria modeling human behavior at a macro level. My google-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by gauche
on May 7, 2012 -
Can anyone help find a cite for a study? I think I heard about it on the radio at some point. It was a study that recorded classrooms - I think high school - and then talked about how much classroom time was spent on girls' discussion and questions and how much on boys. It also surveyed student/teacher perceptions of the time spent, and had a follow-up component where teachers tried to even out the time. Thanks in advance!
posted by kavasa
on Apr 25, 2012 -
I'm a post-bacc pre-med student, and I'm trying to find a research position (paid, unpaid, whatever) for this summer so I can start to get some research experience. My school's listings for research positions in medicine-related fields (or even basic science) are really not useful, nor is the pre-med advising office. Where can I find listings for such positions? Who else should I talk to?
posted by ocherdraco
on Mar 27, 2012 -
ExcelFilter: How to combine the data from three spreadsheets into one spreadsheet? (But wait, there's more!) [more inside]
posted by smirkette
on Mar 26, 2012 -
Calling all academics and graduate students: Tell me about your workflow for turning a piles of notes and ideas into something that resembles a thesis or research arcticle! [more inside]
posted by snowysoul
on Mar 1, 2012 -
Any suggestions for a document database that runs on Windows, offers categories, tags and full-text search for a collection of PDFs, PowerPoint and Word Documents and images? [more inside]
posted by starzero
on Feb 23, 2012 -
I need about ten years of weekly advertisements placed in the classifieds section of an upstate, popular alternative newspaper. I've called around, and I cannot get the newspapers through inter library loan at my university. I cannot get the ads directly from the newspaper either, and I've exhausted every possible channel to do so. I think I am going to have to hire someone off of Craigslist, but I've never done this before, and would like some advice so that I ensure I get this to me in the most efficient format, at the lowest possible cost, without errors. I could use some advice on all aspects of the logistics of planning this, from start to finish. The project is important, and I have attention deficit disorder predominantly inattentive, which I think is why I've simultaneously procrastinating and over thinking this. I have a lot of questions, as you'll see. [more inside]
posted by scunning
on Nov 24, 2011 -
Where can a fellow (who has access to online academic resources but is 1000mi+ from a quality academic library) get some hands-on advice for gathering data for social network analysis? Bonus substantive questions inside. [more inside]
posted by col_pogo
on Aug 31, 2011 -
Looking for short PDFs summarising topics relevant to UK politics, probably posted to Metafilter in the last couple of years. These were produced by civil servants or advisors to explain the broad concepts of a topic (e.g. Nuclear power) to a politician in just a few pages. Thanks.
posted by theyexpectresults
on Aug 29, 2011 -
Online searchable archives of early 20th century NYC newspapers that are *not* the New York Times? [more inside]
posted by bepe
on Aug 2, 2011 -
I recently finished a very rigorous school year. For the last month I was in class/lab/doing homework around 12-16 hours a day 7 days a week. I am looking for tips, anecdotes or exercises for keeping up a similar, though less crazy level of productivity now that I am not racing against the hard deadlines (homework and projects, tests, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by mungaman
on Jun 20, 2011 -