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Love the work, hate the aquarium

I love what I do but I don't love the way my organization functions. I want to go solo. Help me figure out how to become a freelance data analyst/researcher [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Novel about Harvard research lab?

Help me find the name of a novel about a Harvard research lab. [more inside]
posted by thomascrown on Jul 24, 2011 - 5 answers

A record of my own undoing.

How do I cope with persistent project failure at work? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jul 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Undergraduate research grants for Japanese travel and research?

My sister is looking for undergraduate research funding to support some field work in Japan for her BA thesis project. She's especially interested in questions about gender and sexuality. Any advice on grant-giving organizations she might look into? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Jul 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Where can I find all the knowledge I would ever need for buying a house?

I know I'd like to buy my first house in the next five years. Help me learn as much as possible before I get to the point where I'm ready to do it! [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Jun 28, 2011 - 19 answers

Want to Research My Girlfriend Out of Her Catch 22

TLDR: Are there any in-depth, English-language guides to the French tax system? [more inside]
posted by pollex on Jun 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Use Zotero better

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

Is it acceptable to list 2 Principal Investigators (PI) for a DOD/DARPA SBIR proposal?

Is it acceptable to list more than one Principal Investigator (PI) for a DOD SBIR proposal? [more inside]
posted by mojabunni on Jun 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Focus?

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 - 2 answers

Help me make Atlas.ti & Survey Monkey cooperate

Atlas.ti Survey Import question: how should my Survey Monkey exports be formatted in order to be successfully brought into Atlas.ti via the new Survey Import tool? [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Jun 19, 2011 - 1 answer

Nah, nah, why don't you get a job?

Employment angst - what to do when not motivated by current fantastic job? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jun 16, 2011 - 15 answers

Be a rich man if I could.

What's it like to work at a contract research organization? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jun 11, 2011 - 2 answers

Help an academic organize interviewee data!

I'm a social scientist heading off to do a year of field research, which will include lots and lots and lots of interviewing. What tools to you recommend to keep all your interviewees' data straight, and to show how they are connected to each other? [more inside]
posted by foodmapper on Jun 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Shout-out for Ludo.

(Public education filter): Who decided that children are stupid? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jun 4, 2011 - 21 answers

Please help me research consumer demographics.

I'm looking to research consumer demographics for a couple of specific businesses. For instance, Who goes to Disney World or Cirque du Soleil (age, race, income, city/state of origin, etc.)? I realize this is pretty basic stuff, but it is not anything I've done before and I'm coming up empty. [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jun 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Can you point me to existing data on Native American health?

For work I am making a complete database of all existing (reasonably current) data on Native American health/risk factors. But I know next to nothing about the area. What are some surveys I should look at? It would be especially helpful if the data were at the tribal level of analysis. I'm at a bit of a loss and I'd appreciate any help you could offer! Thanks in advance.
posted by powerbumpkin on Jun 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Looking for Innovative US Right-Wing Youth Civics and Activist groups

Looking for specific suggestions of particularly innovative successful/popular US national-level grassroots right-wing civics activist groups (can be conservative, libertarian, religious, non-religious etc. etc; but not extremist) for an academic research project. We are especially interested in youth-focussed/web & new media-savvy/participatory culture savvy groups. Any research report (academic or non-academic) recommendations are most welcome too. [more inside]
posted by zresearch on May 26, 2011 - 6 answers

What does an undergraduate biology lab inquiry look like?

What does an undergraduate biology lab inquiry look like? Help me work for free. [more inside]
posted by momus_window on May 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Older working adults in media?

I have recently started a research project about people who establish careers in media late in life. I would like to find people who started media companies or started public or management roles in media late in life and interview them, but I am having trouble finding leads. Can you signpost me? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on May 14, 2011 - 1 answer

Is "aid culture" even the right term?

How do I go about researching what I've seen termed as "aid culture", specifically in Haiti? [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on May 11, 2011 - 9 answers

What are the up-and-coming, major, legitimate environmentally-friendly breakthroughs?

I'm thinking of doing a major career change, and I'm interested in up-and-coming environmental technologies. I'm having a hard time separating the facts from the hype. Help me figure out what the next great field of green technology is! [more inside]
posted by Dilligas on May 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Looking for next of kin, hit dead end. Need people sleuths.

How can I use a name, a birth date, a town, a social security number and an approximate date of death (month/year) to find next of kin? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on May 5, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I find a Playboy or Penthouse article written about my girlfriend?

How do I find a Playboy or Penthouse article written about my girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2011 - 9 answers

The Economics of Scientific Research

What studies and books are there about the economics of scientific research? I'm interested in a few questions including does giving out grants to University based researchers produce more startups and more highly regarded refereed papers than institutions like NIH or CSIRO? The only book I know of that looks at this is the book The Economic Laws of Scientific Research which looks interesting but is also described as a polemic. [more inside]
posted by sien on May 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Any way to find this 2002 N.Y. Real Estate Law Reporter article today?

Desperately seeking article from 2002 N.Y. Real Estate Law Reporter [more inside]
posted by Majorita on Apr 30, 2011 - 10 answers

Hothead wondering whether university faculty or reputation.

Should an incipient PhD student shoot for the adviser or the program? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2011 - 28 answers

Tracking with informed consent

What iPhone/Android apps are used in research, along the lines of Mappiness? [more inside]
posted by Korou on Apr 26, 2011 - 1 answer

Help looking for a sci-fi story?

I'm looking for a web novel/short story: sci-fi, underwater research facility, end of society, etc. [more inside]
posted by Cpt. The Mango on Apr 26, 2011 - 5 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

Studies that tell us to invest in the very young

I'm looking for research studying the efficacy of parenting classes and/or early education intervention for infants and toddlers (as opposed to programs that target older children). [more inside]
posted by slightly sissy tea hound on Apr 21, 2011 - 7 answers

should've realized in the beginning

Help me figure out what to do about this undergrad research situation [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 - 6 answers

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

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