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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 on Jun 27, 2014 - 15 answers

Daily Academic Newsletters

Do you have a daily email newsletter from your university that has a few notable stories and research that the University has done? I am looking to subscribe to daily academic newsletters from American colleges and universities. Something that goes out once a day, Monday-Friday, with something like a research story, a spotlight on a faculty member or student, notable news about the university, and things like that. I'm just looking for a link to the signup page. Thank you!
posted by cashman on Feb 4, 2014 - 13 answers

Dead ends everywhere I look

That I've posed this question more than once before in various forms doesn't say very many good things, but the circumstances being what they are, I have to hope the answer is yet to be found. That's all I've got really- hope.I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( in May, with a BA in psychology from Stony Brook University in NY), looking for love, a job, a journey and a purpose. I'm also in a wheelchair, unable to speak fluently in an increasing percentage of life situations, grossly overweight, unmotivated and uninspired. Help me build a life away from my couch and outside of daytime TV, Facebook and lies. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Oct 10, 2013 - 25 answers

Articles/videos/podcasts about truth, research, or information?

Restructuring my college course on information literacy to make it more interesting and relevant to students. I'm looking for really interesting resources related to topics in information: intellectual freedom, authority as a social construct, issues with bias and objectivity, information as a commodity, metadata, primary source research, research as the quest for truth, remix culture/creative commons, etc. [more inside]
posted by denriguez on Aug 5, 2013 - 1 answer

What direction should/can my life take now?

This one might be a doozy. So, I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( this May) with a B.A. in psychology and no idea what to do with my life. ( Original, I know, but bear with me, it gets better.) Everyone around me seems to have what are at least well-outlined 5 year plans, oriented around either grad school or a great entry level job. Certain circumstances in my life though seem to leave me with a vision of the future that doesn't extend far beyond the living room couch and daytime TV for the next 10 years and that frightens me to no end. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 6, 2013 - 35 answers

Research experience for grad school

As an undergrad looking to apply to grad school, I have been looking into getting some research experience in my field (Psychology) for all the obvious reasons. I possibly have a lead and now a question. [more inside]
posted by Rocket Surgeon on Aug 29, 2012 - 3 answers

To prof or not to prof

Recommendation Letters filter: grad school in MPH and no academic references? Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by mooselini on Aug 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Should I stay or should I go now? (school)

Graduate with BS in biology or stay longer for CS (at state school)? [more inside]
posted by EsotericAlgorithm on Jan 17, 2012 - 8 answers

My brain wants me to hate myself. My self wants me to finish college. Help.

Please help me make a plan to deal with the aftermath of this episode of severe depression. For various reasons I would really prefer not to be enrolled in college again next semester. It's long, I'm sorry, but I wrote this too quickly to pare things out. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Nov 30, 2011 - 12 answers

So I want to be a tree hugging scientist...

What skills should I be developing while in university as to work as an ecologist, environmental scientist, something similar in the future? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Oct 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Graciously Backing Out of an Undergraduate Research Position

What is the most gracious way for me to back out of the undergraduate research I said I would take up for the upcoming fall semester, given that I've spent two semesters working in the lab already? I don't want the people I worked with to have a bad impression of me because of the fact that I demonstrated so much interest in and commitment to their field only to quit prematurely. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2011 - 12 answers

I want to kick some cognitive memory ass!

I just got hired at a psychology research lab at a very prestigious university. I have no background in academic research and very little academic background in this field. I have an associates degree in humanities, and psychology is a field that interests me greatly. What can I do to not mess this up? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Nov 23, 2010 - 12 answers

Engaging argumentation topics for a first year composition class?

What are some engaging argumentation topics for a first year composition class? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Oct 11, 2010 - 11 answers

I forgot to study abroad.

I'm about to graduate and I never studied abroad. I'd like to change that. [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Aug 2, 2010 - 14 answers

What do I do if my professor plagiarizes my idea?

I suspect one of my undergraduate professors is writing an article based on an idea I proposed to him last spring that he intends to submit for publication in a literary journal. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2009 - 37 answers

About Which Group Should I Write My Research Paper?

I have to write this big research paper for my cultural anthro class, and I'm looking for recommendations for cool/ interesting groups to study. I've got to write ten pages on them, so I don't want to get bored! It's got to be a fairly specific group, but one that is not too obscure - I need to be able to find material. Thanks!
posted by howgenerica on Oct 27, 2009 - 31 answers

There MUST be some way for me to do student research ...

My college's biological sciences dept has run out of student internship/research positions. The professors have emailed me back, saying that they might have openings in the spring. But I want to do something now. What are my other options? I'm in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by Xere on Sep 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Learn Math Via Programming?

I have always been horrible at math, but somehow a great programmer. I have found that writing a computer program that demonstrates a certain mathematical concept enables me to better understand the concept. I'm a psych major and I brought this up once in the research lab I've been working in. My prof said he recalls that someone did research and/or created a system in which a student writes a computer program that is pertinent to a certain mathematical concept and upon completion is given the regular math problem (as it would appear in a math class). This enables the student to better understand the math problem, solve, and learn math. Has anyone heard of this or anything similar? A learning system such as this would be a blessing to my education. Thanks.
posted by fightoplankton on Apr 13, 2009 - 15 answers

Yet another question about parents, finances, and roommates after college.

CollegeTransitionFilter: Help a sad little CS student deal with figuring out where to live, what he can expect in this economy, and how to deal with an unexpected surprise for his besieged parents. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2009 - 14 answers

Help me decide what to learn!

I have an empty space in the upcoming semester, my last as an undergrad (CS Major), and I am thinking about doing some sort of independant study/research, I just don't know what! I need ideas/inspiration! Help! [more inside]
posted by pwicks on Jan 4, 2009 - 3 answers

Two Master's Degrees... What are my options?

This spring I will be finished with my second Master's degree. I've been at my current job for almost three years and while I enjoy it immensely, I am wondering about other opportunities that having two graduate degrees might open up for me. Am hoping to obtain answers especially from individuals who have multiple degrees and have gone into somewhat different career paths. [more inside]
posted by msposner on Nov 11, 2008 - 3 answers

Am I just nervous?

GradSchoolAnxietyFilter: I have no research experience. How do I describe my research plan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2006 - 8 answers

How to get experts to answer my questions?

How can I get experts in a particular field of research to answer my questions? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Aug 20, 2006 - 14 answers

I'm looking for software that will help me write my undergraduate thesis.

I'm looking for software that will help me write my undergraduate thesis. [more inside]
posted by anjamu on Feb 7, 2006 - 15 answers

EEBO Database Access

I'm doing research for a paper, and am running low on time. It turns out that my college (Goucher college), does not subscribe to a database I need access to. The database is: EEBO : Early English Books Online. If any of my fellow students on metafilter can help me out please send an e-mail to the address in my profile. [more inside]
posted by Grod on Apr 30, 2004 - 4 answers

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