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Best of JSTOR?

Help me make the most of JSTOR and the other online resources my university library subscribes to before I graduate. [more inside]
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars on Apr 15, 2011 - 7 answers

 

Also, I'm not to keen on working for free, either, unless that's not as outlandish a concept as I perceive it to be.

Thinking way, way ahead filter: I would like an industry internship for summer 2012, between the first and second year of my MSc in Biochemistry program. How do I go about securing it? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Apr 15, 2011 - 3 answers

I'll swap my chainsawing abilities for this any day!

Help me to wildly change my professional direction from Forest Engineering to Anthropology...I have some ideas, too. [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Apr 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Integrating research with mind maps

I'm involved in a major research-based writing project and I'm looking for a way to bridge the gap between mind maps and research findings. I currently do a lot of thematic organizing in mind maps, and I separately keep a huge list of quotes/paraphrases from my research. The problem is fitting the two together. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Apr 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Researching 19th century India

I'm starting a novel set in 19th century India-- but I don't know where to start my research. [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Apr 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Why do you brace for a fall or slam on brakes?

What is the technical term for the phenomenon of reflexively or instinctively thrusting your foot out to brace for a fall, slam a brake, etc. when fearful of impending injury? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit on Apr 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Internet search engines that use boolean search?

Are there high quality internet search engines that recognize boolean rather than a natural language search queries? [more inside]
posted by dredge on Apr 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Contacts in CISCO's CSR department?

How do I find contacts that work in corporate social responsibility at CISCO or other companies? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 on Apr 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Software for beautiful, interactive data visualization

Do you have recommendations for good data visualization software for the Hans Rosling fan? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Apr 5, 2011 - 6 answers

What's it like to interview for a government research position?

After a rather disappointing year on the academic job market, I've been contacted for a phone interview at Big Government Laboratory for a position in Research Area of My Expertise. What to expect? How to prepare? [more inside]
posted by logicpunk on Apr 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Looking for an NPR program on Buddhist Funerals that played yesterday on an LA NPR station.

On NPR in Los Angeles yesterday there was a segment on Buddhist funeral practices in Japan, and an interview with a Buddhist monk. What show was it? Is there a downloadable or listen-able on line version of it? [more inside]
posted by RampantFerret on Mar 31, 2011 - 7 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

Life after PhD?

Is doing a neuroscience PhD useful to enhance my job prospects generally, not just in research? If I choose to leave science after graduating, what would a PhD get me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2011 - 12 answers

What was on the table at 'A Poet's Christmas'?

On Christmas Eve 1944, the BBC Home Service broadcast a program called 'A Poet's Christmas', featuring new poetry and music. Among the musical items was Michael Tippett's carol 'The Weeping Babe' (setting poetry of Edith Sitwell), which the BBC commissioned for the broadcast. I am trying to find out what else was broadcast as part of this program. [more inside]
posted by impluvium on Mar 26, 2011 - 3 answers

How to do good research?

Please help me figure out how to do better research. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Mar 24, 2011 - 6 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

Does cosmetic surgery actually work?

Does cosmetic surgery actually make people happier? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Mar 21, 2011 - 10 answers

Google is driving me nuts

Is there a way to automatically "force" Google to search for the words I typed in, without having to manually include "+" before every single term? I do sometimes utilize fuzzy search, but I'm finding that lately, it is doing more harm than good, and nearly every search requires me to go back and add "+". [more inside]
posted by lesli212 on Mar 18, 2011 - 16 answers

I'd like to start a clinical psychology doctoral program in 2012. I wasn't a Psych major. How do I prepare?

I'd like to start a clinical psychology doctoral program in 2012. I wasn't a Psych major. How do I prepare? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Mar 18, 2011 - 12 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

Please help me identify at least one of 33 children "adopted" by Justice McReynolds.

ResearchFilter: Outside of more traditional research methods, in which I am currently embroiled, can anyone identify any of the 33 children "adopted" by Supreme Court Justice McReynolds? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Mar 6, 2011 - 10 answers

Research topics - hope me!

Grad school thesis topics -- please help with a couple of questions about a) doing a topic similar to someone in my department and b) finding a good topic in general... [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Mar 6, 2011 - 12 answers

How to find companies within an industry?

I'm doing market research and am looking for companies like Gore Tex and eVent, developers of functional textiles for outdoor apparel. Where can I find such information?
posted by pakoothefakoo on Feb 28, 2011 - 5 answers

A friend in need

How to politely bring up money to a friend before I work for free? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on Feb 28, 2011 - 14 answers

From the "duh" files

I'm looking for a certain study online, or just an abstract. Scientists at a British (?) university apparently did a study years ago that revealed -- news flash! -- that cookies and milk are a good combination. [more inside]
posted by trillian on Feb 25, 2011 - 4 answers

How to indulge my inner snoop?

I love doing research to uncover things that are hard to figure out--or, better, that I'm not supposed to know about. The sort of thing that investigative reporters and detectives do. How can I find an outlet for this interest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 - 12 answers

Can you make my brain my screenshot?

I'm diagramming the history of visual arts in my city. I need a "database" -- I use the term loosely -- to help me keep the connections straight. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Feb 18, 2011 - 9 answers

"Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness."

I just received a grant to conduct original research on Virginia and Leonard Woolf. Yay! Now what? [more inside]
posted by rabbitbookworm on Feb 18, 2011 - 5 answers

How do I collect dictionary definitions for ~350 words to put into a database?

I have a list of about 350 words that I'm putting into a database that I'm building from scratch. For each word in the list, I'd like to include its American English dictionary definition (preferably American Heritage Dictionary), UrbanDictionary entry, and Wikipedia page link (I realize that entries may not exist for some columns for many of these words). Is there some way to streamline or data-mine this process, so I don't have to look up each word individually in 3 separate sources x350+, not to mention all the copying and pasting? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 11, 2011 - 10 answers

Note to self: try this in ten years

Has Google changed the structure of the web? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Feb 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Bald Patches in Beard - Harbinger of Cancer?

YANMD but: can a bald patch in the beard be an indicator of oral cancer? More detail below. [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Jan 30, 2011 - 9 answers

publisher reputation

if I'm looking through a library... does being published with Springer Verglag mean that the research is legit, and does being published with Nova Publishers mean that it isn't?
posted by moorooka on Jan 30, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I make contact with recent parolees for a radio piece?

I'm looking to interview recent parolees for an independent radio piece. I'm looking for smart, responsible ways to make contact with them or to invite anyone interested in participating to contact me. [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jan 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Published research on the development of sexual fantasies

I'm wondering if there exists a published timeline that explains all the psychological changes before, during, and after puberty in regards to sexual fantasies. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Jan 28, 2011 - 5 answers

How to keep lists sorted both horizontally and vertically?

Sorting and keeping track of my research: is Excel the best solution? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Jan 27, 2011 - 13 answers

And then I realized I was warping young minds, not shaping them

I am working towards a PhD, but do not want to be a professor. Am I wasting my time? [more inside]
posted by sock puppet of mystery! on Jan 23, 2011 - 50 answers

How to make text content readily useable for Android Apps?

How do I prepare a reference book with footnotes and an index so that it can easily be converted into an Android app? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Jan 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Budgeting for field research — advice, rules of thumb, or important things I might be overlooking?

Budgeting for field research — advice, rules of thumb, or important things I might be overlooking? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Jan 13, 2011 - 7 answers

Seeking ANG Newspaper Group fulltext archives

I want to get the full text of several articles I wrote that were published in Bay Area newspapers between 2005 and 2007. What periodicals database should I be hitting? Preferred sources: free or accessible via New York Public Library. [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Jan 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Keeping Track of Research Materials?

I've gotten a small grant to do undergraduate research (yay!), please help me keep all of my data and other information organized! [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Jan 9, 2011 - 14 answers

It might sound dodgy now, but it sounds great when you're dead.

What positions does "research assistant" translate into in the real world? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jan 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Buying research antibiotics in the UK

In the UK, what are the laws surounding the purchase of research-grade antibiotics? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Dec 21, 2010 - 2 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

How does one search old comic books for minor themes?

Deep Searching Old Comics for Research in the Humanities: How does one search old comic books for something that may amount to set-dressing? I'm looking for depictions of public housing projects in U.S. comics from 1950 – 1980. What tools or approaches can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Dec 6, 2010 - 23 answers

Occupations for non-academic research?

Occupations for non-academic research? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2010 - 15 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

Aspergers + media = ?

What connection could there be (if any) between rates of Asperger's and autism and styles of media being consumed? [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Nov 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Science friction burns my fingers.

Where can my career take me except graduate school? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Nov 22, 2010 - 13 answers

Using a Facebook 'page' as University Research Hub

My university department (art postgrad) wants to use Facebook as a community and research hub. What is the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 18, 2010 - 10 answers

who could possibly be against comparing effectiveness?

Evidence-based medicine/comparative effectiveness skeptics? [more inside]
posted by Ralston McTodd on Nov 17, 2010 - 16 answers

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