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How to think critically about research?

I am an undergraduate student frustrated with my lack of "critical thinking" towards research. [more inside]
posted by raintree on May 4, 2014 - 16 answers

"Peer" Review

I have a very strong amateur interest in a niche subject (the history of computational labor processes). I think have a somewhat novel idea for research that builds on ideas that seem to be gaining currency in journals like Technology and Culture. I'm not an academic, and have very little academic background. What should I know if I decide to prepare an article for submission to a peer reviewed journal for the first time? [more inside]
posted by wobdev on Apr 28, 2014 - 7 answers

I have no IDeaL what I'm doing (IDL programming for absolute dum-dums)

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 - 12 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

Thinking about a career change, but what exactly to?

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 - 2 answers

Books or websites on how Facebook has changed social research?

For the first time ever, I've opened an account in Facebook and started using it. Wow...it has to be the greatest social research tool ever! Attitudes and opinions can be gauged without the presence of a social / market researcher. Facebook must be changing the landscape of advertising / social research beyond recognition. Moreover, it must be a political electioneers / pollsters dream. No more contrived focus groups.... Can anybody recommend some books or websites the delve into this?
posted by jacobean on Apr 22, 2014 - 2 answers

Finding an undergrad research topic for my thesis (in Psychology)?

I'm currently in my 3rd of undergrad (BA, Psychology). I'm planning to do an honours thesis next year but am completely overwhelmed on deciding what to research on. [more inside]
posted by raintree on Apr 13, 2014 - 13 answers

Who would i hire to research a personal life? Literally.

So I'm trying to figure out who I would hire - theoretically - to do an index or census of a personal life. I want someone who would be able to look at a life (with consent) to study it. The person would follow a subject around to determine core friends/family/contacts on a daily basis and then do research based on relationships. Then they'd objectively drill down into some key data points. - How many of the people in my life up to one relationship away (aka my brother's good friends) are married or single and for how long - How many of my past relationships are single/married and for how long Beyond that maybe some polling on specific questions about the subject from those people. So who am I looking for here? Is it a Private Investigator? A sociologist? A statistician? A life coach? Is there someone in an "I Heart Huckabees" way that you hire to do this sort of thing? Is this already a job or service someone provides and I don't know the name?
posted by rileyray3000 on Apr 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Tweet me a meditation practice.

I'd like to practice unguided, solitary meditation in a manner that is backed by evidence to have a positive effect on blood pressure, attention span, stress--all the things meditation has been demonstrated to impact. And I don't give a single damn about engaging with why it works, the history of meditation, a theory of body or mind, the history of the person who created it, a community of meditators, or anything else. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 7, 2014 - 12 answers

How to best publish lack of findings

I completed my Masters dissertation (in the UK) which used a research-area standard measure to compare two populations of subjects. Nothing I hypothesised was found to be significant, and actually, even with heavy stratifying and manipulation, I couldn't find any links. I did, however, find a problem with the measure. Its creator is still doing research. How can I best share this problem to encourage others to look at it? [more inside]
posted by fizban on Apr 7, 2014 - 10 answers

To patent or not to patent, and if so when?

I am a research student who may have inadvertently invented something commercializable. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by cestlavie on Apr 7, 2014 - 13 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

Finding material on a WW1-era New York murder case

What resources might be recommended for tracking down info about an NYC criminal trial from the summer of 1917? Do you think the court transcript might somehow be available?
posted by steinsaltz on Mar 24, 2014 - 1 answer

PhD-level conservation careers for maximum real-world impact

I'm in a PhD program pursuing a degree in conservation biology. When I finish (and possibly after completing a postdoc or two) I'd like to end up in a job where I can maximize my real-world conservation impact. I'd like to hear some suggestions on how I can do that; lots more detail to be found inside, as well as my reasoning on the subject so far. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Mar 18, 2014 - 5 answers

App for adding highlights/notes to articles on my iPad/smartphone

I am looking for an app that allows me to add highlights and notes to articles I have saved to 'read later' on my iPad and/or smartphone. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Topical connections between existing documents?

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 - 6 answers

Seeking journal article to state the obvious

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 - 6 answers

These projects aren't going to manage themselves

What would you recommend for project management and research-sharing among 15 people? We want to replace Redbooth fka Teambox with something that works and suits our needs better (specifics within). Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by andromache on Mar 6, 2014 - 6 answers

What's it like working at Kessler Institute, New Jersey?

Close friend is thinking of applying for a research position there, however they've heard mixed things about the area and the institute. Does anyone have any first (or second) hand experience working there that they are willing to share? thanks!
posted by spacediver on Feb 28, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me hire a programmer

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 - 17 answers

Song lyrics re-enforce like a mantra?

I've been looking to no avail for research into the content of song lyrics re-enforcing ideas like a mantra in the mind. Does anyone know of any research into this? We learn by repetition so one would imagine the brain isn't selective. Brand re-enforcement advertising works this way so lyrical content should too?
posted by debord on Feb 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Piping on SurveyMonkey

SurveyMonkey seems to be unable to handle more than a few piped items per page. Support is saying they can't help. Is there a way that I can fix this within SurveyMonkey, or can you recommend a secure, free/cheap alternative? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Feb 21, 2014 - 1 answer

How to know your qual research pre-test interview was a success?

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 - 5 answers

Research Help in Another City - Atlanta Crime Edition

I recently discovered the identity of a long lost relative who is deceased. Apparently he was in and out of prison his whole life for serious crimes. This was in the Atlanta area from the late 50s thru the 80s. Is there any kind of service available that could search local newspapers for articles about his arrests or trials? [more inside]
posted by hamsterdam on Feb 7, 2014 - 7 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

I'd like to learn more about the modern ivory trade.

Can you point me toward some resources that will help me deepen my knowledge of the modern black market trade in elephant ivory? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Feb 1, 2014 - 1 answer

The researcher is the subject.

Social science research: How does researching a subject that affects you very personally impact your professional reputation and long-term employment prospects? [more inside]
posted by tippy on Jan 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Where can I find authoritative medical information about depression?

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 - 6 answers

What patent searches can I do before talking to an attorney

I have an interesting idea. I suspect somebody has had this idea before. Beyond simply googling the product to see if it exists, what kind of research can/should a lay person do on their own before approaching a patent attorney?
posted by willnot on Jan 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for ways to gain access to academic journals

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 - 17 answers

Ah, the joys of beanplating

I'm doing a research project that involves collecting a large number of patient samples. Objectively, I'm doing fine so far, but I'm finding the process very stressful, especially the part where I have to talk to their clinicians. Is there a way I can streamline it to make it less anxiety-inducing for me? Please advise, as I'm a little embarrassed to ask my supervisor. [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Jan 6, 2014 - 8 answers

What did I read and where?

I am trying to find an article I read online, sometime in the past month or two. [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Dec 17, 2013 - 4 answers

Finding all my annotated PDFs amongst the clutter

I have a lot of PDFs and some of them contain my notes and annotations. How can I single out the annotated files without opening them all, one by one? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Dec 12, 2013 - 2 answers

How do people research and learn out stocks and other investments?

I have a bit of discretionary money (1k). Rather than just letting it sit in a bank account earning basically no interest, I am opting to dip my toes in to the world of stocks, options, investing, etc. Other than buying shares in a company I am already aware of and think is going to do well in the future (which isn't always that simple, I know), how do people independently (ie. not via a broker) research and learn about other stocks and worthy investments? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Dec 6, 2013 - 27 answers

I need a review or overview of nursing quality indicator systems.

I am on the hunt for a review, overview, listing of, or any other compilation of sorts that you may find explaining all the different American quality indicator systems in health care, specifically nursing if you're that good. AHRQ, ANA, NDNQI, .... but a more inclusive list and description of all their individual quality outcome management recommendations. I've been searching for days and haven't really found exactly what I need or want. Thanks!
posted by acertainseason on Dec 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me try to figure out what kind of career might be good for me.

Help me try to figure out what kind of career might be good for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Heart Rate Monitoring on the Cheap

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? Thanks 10^6, zscore
posted by zscore on Nov 12, 2013 - 15 answers

How do get into Science grad school w/an Art undergrad degree ?

I have a bachelors degree in film. I want a Masters in Cell and Molecular Biology. I want to work in a research lab. Getting into grad school in general is a mystery to me, but my special circumstances make it seem that much more impossible...is it? [more inside]
posted by Telomeracer on Nov 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Non-academic researcher seeks organizational software solution.

I'm looking for software solutions for organizing and searching non-academic research. [more inside]
posted by fancypants on Nov 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Advice needed for job interview in research administration

I have an important job interview coming up this Tuesday, and I was hoping for some advice on how to handle the interview and, specifically, how to address my weaknesses productively while highlighting my strengths. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Coffee meeting with a potential employer... the aftermath?

Following a coffee meeting with a potential employer at a major company, I've been asked to complete a research proposal. I've also been asked to submit a vendor registration and will be filing a nondisclosure agreement. If the proposal goes through, it looks as though I'll be completing this project through the company's market research department, but not necessarily as an employee. I'm just wondering if any others have had a similar experience, and if it's a common pre-hiring process. [more inside]
posted by ScarletLark on Oct 24, 2013 - 5 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

Daily digest for passive research on multiple topics...

I want to track a variety of topics passively using services on the interwebs. Google Alerts, RSS Feeds, and IFTTT are not solving the problem (or rather, I am not sufficiently solving the problem with them). Help me use available services to get to this promised land. [more inside]
posted by milqman on Oct 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Your slogan here.

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 - 14 answers

Funding for PhD student attending an overseas academic conference?

I am a criminology PhD student based in London and have been invited to present at a conference in Tampa, Florida next year. The conference is perfect for my area of research; the only thing is neither my university nor the hosting institution can provide funding to cover my travel expenses. Are there any other bodies that might be able to provide some funding?
posted by PhDStudent on Oct 7, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I approach organizations about researching them/their clients?

I'm working on research related to a specific immigrant population and I'm not sure what to do to get to know people in that community, but I figure organizations that work with them might be a good place to start. Unfortunately I'm really shy and I need guidance or a script on how to do this so I don't avoid it forever. If you've worked at an organization like this or have done similar research, how do you start? [more inside]
posted by Papagayo on Oct 5, 2013 - 6 answers

I Need a New Job

I need a new job, and I have no idea what job I might be good at and enjoy. Please give me ideas for some jobs that I haven't thought of. I'm in my late 20s and working as a research analyst for a large firm, and I can't take the feeling that I'm not doing anything worthwhile (or even enjoyable) with my life. I'm not sure what to do. Do you know of any unconventional careers that might be a good fit? Please give me an idea of where to get started. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2013 - 13 answers

IT Security Assessments: How much do they cost?

I've been tasked with figuring out what firms charge to perform IT Security tests, penetration tests, etc, for commercial clients? What kind of metrics do they base their charges on? Is there a standard rate for this kind of work? Alternately, do you have any tips for getting this kind of info from the companies that do this kind of stuff? [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Sep 25, 2013 - 3 answers

It's App-ademic

I recently bought a Nexus 7 (I love it!) as a companion to academic work. I've primarily been using Google apps for communication and collaboration over Drive and Gmail, in addition to traditional tablet tasks like web browsing and social media. However I'm less than impressed with the bundled PDF reader, and would really like suggestions (first) about good .pdf reading software that allows for rich annotations in documents. Secondly, I'm interest in any productivity apps for Android tablets that others have used for academic / writing / office style work. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 18, 2013 - 10 answers

Where / How to obtain Italian birth and marriage (Jus Sanguinis)

Trying to obtain Italian citizenship via Jus Sanguinis. Found all relatives born or married in the US and now moving back toward Italy, but running into a wall with Italian records. Does anyone know how to obtain birth and marriage licenses from Italy either online or in person? Family would be from the 1880s-1920s and primarily be from Sicily, Puglia, Calabria, Campania, and possibly Basilicata. Gov't records would obviously be ideal, but Catholic Church records would also be an option. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Sep 12, 2013 - 8 answers

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