You might see Europe differently after you’ve looked at it through the eyes of an immigrant. Meet the Somalis.
Nice bit of diversity education. :)
Because half the time I see this setting, it’s like a suburb with more trees, and the other half of the time, it’s like Deliverance.
Source: growing up in the boonies of New England
Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain ‘Very’ is the most useless word in the English…
I’m going to print this on stickers and put them everywhere around my school library.
Anonymous asked: My story has a black character that eventually falls in love with a white one, and I fear that maybe it will come out as this black character is fetishized. What can I do to avoid that?
You don’t fetishize them. Simple as that. This means no comparisons to chocolate, candy or…
Note: Stories, facts, and information provided here are not meant as encouragements for writers to simply insert into their works. Additional research may be needed. They should only be used as inspiration and to help with understanding how cultures are put together. Please…
Limits of the Human Body by Soda Pop Avenue
Credit goes to SPA, but I wanted this here for a writer’s reference. This way we know exactly how far we can push our characters ;)
This is meant as an information resource for creative folk, not a complete guide. Be sure to supplement this with additional research. Find the rest of the series, including the previous posts on clergy, nobility, common medieval jobs, divination, spirit…
I believed this would be beneficial for people researching for school papers, in college, for writing, and so on. This guide is mainly directed towards people who can access a College or University’s library systems because that is what I am most familiar with. However, this should help other people in a few places.
The basic steps of research are:
- choose a topic
- narrow your focus within that topic
- choose your thesis (if your thesis was not given as part of your assignment)
When you have a subject to research, then you can begin.
The above images describe how to run an efficient google search, and how to read Library of Congress system call numbers. When attempting to find a book within a research or university library in the United States, knowing the general set-up of the LOC system is invaluable.
- Research project calculator - for determining the amount of time needed for a project.
- Purdue Owl Writing Lab — an invaluable resource on citations, research, resume/CV writing, subject specific writing, etc.
- How to search JStor | JStor
- UCLA Library Guides
- The Met’s Timeline of Art History
- ASU Library terms guide | Other Guides
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
- ProQuest Statistical Insight
- Encyclopaedia Britannica
- Citation Machine | BibMe
- CIA World Fact Book
- Bibliofind for Out of Print Books
- Smithsonian Libraries
- National Library of Medicine
- National Archives
- National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
- Gallup Poll
- Pew Research Center
- Academic Search Premier
- Asianhistory Resources page
- Writing a Thesis Statement - UNC
- Google Scholar
- Scholarly vs. Non-Scholarly 1 | 2 | 3
- Finding Academic Articles
- Buying Cheaper Textbooks
- The CRAAP test
- Free History Books
- The Met Full Texts online
- Library of Congress | E-Resources
When in doubt: Ask a Librarian. Having worked within a Library’s special collections & archives, I’ve both helped people find some pretty obscure things, and asked other librarians for help on equally obscure research. Librarians are trained to be able to help people research, find, and retrieve information. Their degrees are library and information sciences — and many academic librarians are specialized. They are familiar with things you may not be — finding things on microfilm, or special collections works, finding obscure keywords, running a variety of database searches, etc.
If something cannot be found through your institution’s library, check the ILL (Interlibrary Loan - info here)
This is an incomplete guide, but a nice starting point.