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resources for planning and executing a career change?

Are any of the coaches / services out there that advise on how to change careers actually legit and useful? I need help figuring out a career change and I see a million books and services out there for me to consume, but I would really value recommendations of someone who has successfully used any of those resources. My goal is to find a position showcasing writing and/or research skills. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Aug 19, 2014 - 2 answers

Using Dragon Dictate and other accessibility tools for writing/research

If you have figured out how to write research papers as a student with RSI (De Quervain's in this instance), please share tips, tools, or online resources that have helped you. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on May 13, 2014 - 10 answers

I have an encyclopedia, not a story: what to do?

Authors Of AskMe, has this happened to you? During my self-imposed creative hiatus over the last year or so I conducted a lot of research into what would be my dream project. A project I could be passionate about, the kind of book I'd really want to exist. So I made a list of every thing, character, concept, idea, sudden kind of twist I'd like. I have three notebooks of this stuff. I cross-indexed it and included all my references. I have an astounding about of detail on what I want to put in and touch on but no actual story. I keep staring at it, like it's a list of SCP entries, and I can't think of a damn thing for anyone to do with these collected items, places, motifs, themes, and people. It's frustrating cause I can come up with quick pulp narratives on the fly for stuff I'm not working as hard on but every attempt to break and outline a rising action for these people results in rapid breathing and complete brain fume-lock. I keep asking "What does the main character want?" and coming up with nothing. Is this common? Is there a resource for this? Can I pay someone to go through these ideas and find something that other people might want to read? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Apr 23, 2014 - 39 answers

I want to move my career in a different direction.

I graduated with an M.A. in English and through luck, contracting, and family connections, came to work in nuclear power. My administrative role has changed to field work. I prefer office work, especially writing reports etc. My area in nuclear is very specialized, and due to downsizing in the industry, I feel a real need to get familiar with my prospects for other jobs and diversify my skills. However, I have no idea how to begin, research being one of my weak points. Long explanation + details inside. [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Apr 3, 2014 - 7 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

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

Where did my brain go?

Help me rescue my analytical faculties so I can survive the last months of grad school with my dignity intact. [more inside]
posted by avocet on Apr 21, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me discover some work that matches my interests!

I'm 31 years old and looking for a career change. I've come to love research and I've always loved reading nonfiction and true crime as well as the exposé articles often published by alternative weeklies. What are some careers that would fit these interests, and how do I work my way towards those careers? [more inside]
posted by averageamateur on Mar 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Philosophy reading reccomendations on "Notion of freedom and humanity"

A friend of mine recently quit his job and has found himself with a lot of free time. As a method to explore his mind and world he has set himself a task to write an essay on : - "The Notion of Freedom and Humanity" I am no philosophy veteran but I am sure that there must be some great texts already dealing with this subject. What research and reading material can I recommend my friend for his essay?
posted by Cogentesque on Jan 15, 2013 - 12 answers

what tools and models do we have for collaboration in the humanities?

what tools and platforms exist right now which humanists can use to do collaborative research? what models exist of successful humanities collaboration? [more inside]
posted by idlethink on Nov 26, 2012 - 3 answers

If someone says Tricorder....

Researchers, Writers, Grad Students, and Professors: Tell me about your technical setup (hardware and software). What do you use, and what couldn't you live without? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Nov 2, 2012 - 25 answers

What's some of the best, most illuminating, and most entertaining writing about conservation bio on the net?

What are some of the best technical blogs out there in conservation biology, biogeography, evolutionary biology, and ecology? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Need to know the name of the wife of Austrian sculptor Johannes Benk.

AustrianArtHistory/NovelResearch–Filter: I need to know the name of the wife of Austrian sculptor Johannes Benk (1844–1914). [more inside]
posted by scody on Jul 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Tips on Being an Exposed Academic Scholar

How does media exposure fit into an academic career? Should I be writing articles for general publications and/or doing interviews? Or am I wasting time I could be using to write journal papers? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Jun 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Tips for starting a research blog as a graduate student

I'm an advanced PhD student and I've decided I want to make a professional website, including a research/analysis/commentary blog about my work and my field. I'm looking for general advice about the blog. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jun 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Solid Gold

Radio, radio filter. I want to learn about the history of radio programming formats. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Apr 30, 2012 - 4 answers

We're gonna write! Cite! And write again!

Help me write a research paper all at once by providing me with the ultimate late-night write-a-thon soundtrack. Pop/Dance/Electronica edition, specifications within. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 24, 2012 - 29 answers

Regaining first authorship on my research work

Can I regain my lost rightful first authorship of a research paper? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Apr 6, 2012 - 24 answers

How do you get into Nature? Publish, publish, publish!

Can you recommend a good book/guide to writing scientific research papers (for publication)? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Mar 19, 2012 - 7 answers

I want to write-up, but Academic Research has re-wired my brain!

The way I research (academic or otherwise) is increasingly incompatible with the tools I have. Reams of handwritten notebooks, and hundreds of word docs vs a highly tagged website only add to my self-created confusion. I'm drawn to Tinderbox software as a possible solution, but as an adamant PC user I'm locked out. How do you order your research? / How to write-up my PhD now my brain is fried? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Mountains of notes...

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 - 14 answers

not quite undergrad, not quite grad, but feeling a research binge

How do I turn my current (quite positive) experience with community work into (a) anthropological research pre-grad or (b) non-fiction writing? Or, how do you conduct research outside of the academy? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Dec 21, 2011 - 5 answers

the relationship between procrastination, perfectionism, and anxiety

I think I procrastinate on projects as a dysfunctional way to manage my anxiety about them. Can you help me manage that anxiety more productively? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Dec 8, 2011 - 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

Spacing Out

What nonfiction book or paper must I read to write a convincing story about an interstellar journey on a generation ship? [more inside]
posted by Forbidden Equine Dentistry on Nov 12, 2011 - 6 answers

How should I manage my workflow for writing a nonfiction book?

How should I manage my workflow for researching and writing a nonfiction book using Evernote and other tools? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Oct 16, 2011 - 2 answers

Anyone using Devonthink Pro?

I'm considering using Devonthink Pro for research and article writing. Looks very interesting. And MeFites out there already using it with great success? Would love some tips and pointers about what your process is like. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by chasing on Sep 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Use Zotero better

How can I use Zotero better? [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Jun 22, 2011 - 9 answers

As-it-happens research updates: can't write with 'em, can't write without 'em?

How to concentrate on a research-driven book project when the subject matter is periodically changing / being updated by other writers? [more inside]
posted by taramosalata on Apr 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Questions about researching a novel

What interesting questions would you ask of a panel of writers on the subject of researching a novel? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Mar 31, 2011 - 11 answers

Reasearch paper writing tips needed

I have cousin who is an undergrad college student overwhelmed by the research paper process, who asking me for help Any tips to help me help him? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle on Mar 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Help a non-academic develop research skills for a wonky in-depth project

I'm not an academic, not trained in the art of research, and I could use some guidance. I need advice on how to identify and track down sources for a multi-year exploration of a topic. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Dec 7, 2010 - 23 answers

In the absence of a good prof, how can I teach myself legal research & writing?

Good resources online for learning legal writing, research, and citation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2010 - 11 answers

GSA Contract...Help!

My boss has asked me to work on getting our company a contract with the U.S. government's General Services Administration (GSA). I have been doing some research and reading everything I can about it, but I think this may be too big of a job for just me. Does anyone have any experience with working on a contract like this or know of any good resources for help? Anything that any of you can offer would be great. Thanks!
posted by healthykindofsick on Aug 6, 2010 - 9 answers

Do people still get paid for research, and if so, how?

Could I get paid for my (new-found) interest in researching topics? If so, how? More thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 30, 2010 - 17 answers

How do I do a good literature review?

How do I do a good literature review for a research paper in philosophy? I have access to good resources, but I really want to make sure that I cover everything that's been written on the topic. How can I put myself at ease while making sure I don't miss a beat? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken on Jun 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Search, cross-link references in PDF articles?

Perhaps this is just a fantasy, but is there any application or online tool that could search through the references of an article I have saved as a PDF, in order to check whether I have those cited articles in my larger PDF library? It would be perfect if it would highlight, link, or somehow display cross-referenced relationships between all my articles. I am already familiar with many referencing/PDF organization software such as Papers (Mekentosj), Sente, and Devonthink. I suppose what I have in mind is a similar tool, but with the additional power of something like ISI Indexes. I have a fairly large library (about 300 references that I'm actively using, and more than 2000 total) and I'm just trying to get some "big-picture" grasp of how all these sources relate to one another.
posted by samac on Jun 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Academic scientific writing: how?

Help me improve my academic scientific writing skills. [more inside]
posted by coolnik on Jan 7, 2010 - 15 answers

How to edit citations

Footnote filter: I am writing a non-fiction, non-academic book and need help determining what to include in my citations. [more inside]
posted by quidividi on Dec 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Who will educate the educators [Writing Class Ideas]?

I have 2 hours to lecture to a bunch of 18 year-olds how to write well. The bulk of their work-load will be somewhere along the lines of position papers, research papers and summaries of conferences. How do I keep them glued to their chairs? More info in explanation. [more inside]
posted by eytanb on Oct 19, 2009 - 9 answers

What is an extended abstract?

What should an extended abstract (in the humanities) look like? This is for philosophy in particular, though I assume it might be a similar style for other disciplines. [more inside]
posted by JoshSmith on Sep 20, 2009 - 2 answers

What does a fiction writer owe his nonfiction sources?

Has anyone ever formalized the proper conduct for the fiction writer regarding his/her nonfiction sources? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Sep 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Many papers, or just one?

[Academic Filter] Should I work on one research paper at once, or several? [more inside]
posted by Sutekh on Jul 15, 2009 - 7 answers

Writer needs to spend time with an Asperger's. In Belgium.

Writing an Asperger character : how can I get to know enough about Asperger's syndrom ? Please bear in mind that I live in Belgium. [more inside]
posted by Baud on Jul 6, 2009 - 13 answers

Nix the degree, get the education

Free school options in New York? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Aug 3, 2008 - 7 answers

What can you tell me about 'Poe(t)heory'?

What can you tell me about 'Poe(t)heory'? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 18, 2008 - 3 answers

Looking for detractors of Literary Darwinism

Literary Darwinism: A relatively new field of evolutionary psychology / literary theory. What has recently been written in argument against it? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 3, 2008 - 7 answers

I don't understand Hungarian but I need to do research for my novel!

(Posting for a Friend) "I am doing research for a novel I'm writing. But since I'm no longer affiliated with a university I'm having a difficult time in getting responses from professors and specialists that I have contacted with questions. How can I increase my chances of having them take me seriously and answer my questions? Also, does anyone have advice for a non-Hungarian speaker to do research with the Hungarian Archives?" Thank you!
posted by lolalivia on Apr 17, 2008 - 6 answers

where can i talk to a few thieves?

i'm writing a book and in it are a series of thefts from expensive homes and galleries; thefts of items, money, etc. where can i research realistic (as in, not ocean's twelve laser dancing) schemes that people have used to pull off extremely large heists? [more inside]
posted by dflemingdotorg on Jul 31, 2007 - 20 answers

What sites might you visit, books might you read, etc., to research writing a western?

What sites might you visit, books might you read, etc., to research writing a western? [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast on Jul 3, 2007 - 21 answers

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