best databases


To write his new book, Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve, journalist and statistician Ben Blatt loaded thousands of classics and contemporary best-sellers into various databases and let his hard drive churn through them. He wanted to know if our favorite authors follow conventional writing advice about cliches, adverbs and exclamation points (they mostly do); if men and women write differently (yep); if an algorithm can identify a writer from his or her prose style (it can); and which authors use the shortest first sentences versus those who use the longest.

We can hear thousands of monocles dropping into thousands of cups of Earl Grey from here. “But what of literature?” you sputter. “What does any of that technical folderol have to do,” — here you start wiping your monocle on your nosegay — “with ART?”

Not much, is the answer. Blatt’s book isn’t terribly interested in the art of writing. What it is fascinated by — and what’s fascinating about it — is the craft of writing. Here are some of our favorites of Blatt’s findings.

love.exe | ch 5

Originally posted by beautifulshuas

chapters:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

summary: you don’t know what’s wrong, and jun isn’t the same. he wishes he was human, and you wish you knew. but everything gets better eventually, and he feels whole again. wonwoo needs help.

characters: android!jun/female reader, members of svt, members of pristin

genre: angst, hurt/comfort, fluff

word count: 3.0k

a/n: soooo here’s what happens from ur pov. also more angst cause i like torturing yall n it was too much fluff in this story already also im trying to rewire nayoung’s character bc i feel like shes too ooc forgive me ill do it subtly

also i was trying to get this out sooner but i ended up getting headaches and feeling like crap for the last few days so i apologize for that

warnings: cursing, unedited sorry abt mistakes, ya just cursing

Shutting the front door behind you, you walked towards Wonwoo, who was waiting outside his own door.

“Yo.” He greeted, dark sweatshirt still pulled over his tall frame.

“You said you had something to show me?” you asked, looking around for something he might’ve been holding.

He shook his head, grinning bashfully. “Lied about that, sorry. Just wanted to get you out here. Wanted to talk for a little bit.”

You raised your eyebrows. “Okay.”

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also. jellyneo is the best fansite i’ve ever seen. it beats out serebii and pokemon showdown. it is so, so useful, informative, easy to use, detailed…. i could not play neopets without the item database

fabulous-banana  asked:

How do you count the calories you eat? And if you use an app would you recommend one plz?

I use MyFitnessPal and it’s by far my favorite app of the ones I’ve tried (LoseIt, Noom, etc.) because I think it has the best database. But please read the page I made about how to use MFP correctly :) I have also recently started using a food scale when I’m cooking at home and that’s helpful when I’m entering my portions.


Things to have on hand before starting:

A notebook
Any books you may reference in your paper

Tabs to have open: 

Purdue OWL - perhaps the single best MLA formatting resource out there - great for giving you an idea of what a trickier citation should look like. I do not recommend using this to generate all your citations, though, as it sometimes contains errors. - Google is your friend.  Need another source? Google it!  Don’t know how to spell something?  Google it! - using the same word over and over can get tedious.  Mix it up with a synonym!

Databases and other online resources:

Ebsco Academic SearchComplete - Easily the best database I have ever used.  You can find research on nearly anything.  Even the diets of Latvian peasants in the 1700s.  Don’t believe me?  Look it up.  You get a free trial, but you can usually access it through your college’s library for free, as well.  The best part about this database is that it has the option to give the citation to you in pretty much any citation style.  All you have to do is copy and paste it.
Occasionally gives access to articles that Academic SearchComplete does not have.  You can use it for free with a .edu email address, but can only check out a certain number of articles per month.
Project Gutenberg:
Read hundreds of literary works whose copyrights have expired online free.  It is completely legal, and considered a good source by many English teachers. Read and watch thousands of books, articles, videos, and sound clips online for free.  Requires an account, and works like a library.  You check something out, then return it all digitally.


Changing the color of your paper to a calming mint color is easier on the eyes.  In Microsoft Word, go to page layout -> page color, then change it to the desired shade. Don’t understand a literary term?  Look it up here.  My great aunt is the head of the English department of her university, and even she uses this site occasionally. 
Make an outline.  You can find templates for these on most word processors, and they really help the writing process.  It can make what would normally last several hours only one or two, because you already have your game plan.
If you find quotes in non-electronic sources, don’t be THAT person who writes in the book.  Write the quote on the notebook I mentioned to have on hand earlier.  Unless you own the book, in which case, scribble away.
Don’t be afraid to utilize ILL - inter-library loan.  If your school or local library doesn’t have a source you need, but you found the perfect book or essay online, request it through inter-library loan.  They will check the network of libraries, and the nearest library will ship it to them.  It is recommended that you do this early, as it can take up to a few weeks.  You will have to cover the cost of shipping the book, but this is usually less than a $5 fee. 

That’s my basic advice.  Now get out there and write!

why you shouldn’t use jstor

(the title’s to get your attention - read on to see what i really mean).

It’s that time of year that I start getting asked for study tips and the like, and while I will reiterate yet again that I will not do your homework for you, I do really love talking about education and getting the chance to help people out where I can, so I wanted to make a post about something that I realized in class today that apparently a lot of people don’t know.

That something is this: JSTOR is not the be-all and end-all of research. (Neither is Project Muse, or Francis & Taylor, etc, etc.) (JSTOR is great.  I love JSTOR.  I want their t-shirt.  But I also know that they hold a bit of a monopoly in the part of our brains that remember things like “how to find a source.”  I imagine this is at least partly due to some savvy branding on their part.)  

In fact, if you’re doing any form of textual studies, JSTOR shouldn’t even be your first stop.

Why not?

Because JSTOR is a database, it pays money to host the resources that it does, and then charges for access to it - which means that it’s limited in what it can offer you.  JSTOR does not have every single article on any subject in its collection.  It has a lot!  It is one of the best databases out there!  But it’s still a database.

Instead, where you should be going when you’re looking for sources is the MLA Bibliography, which is housed online by EBSCO, and which every university will have access to.  The MLA Bibliography is not a database.  What it is is the bibliography of the Modern Language Association.  This means that it keep track of every academic article published in the field of textual studies, across the globe.  All of them.  If you search for a subject in the bibliography, you will find an entry for every article ever written in regards to it.

Keep in mind the distinction I just made:  you will find an entry for the article.  You might not find the article.  Because the bibliography is housed by EBSCO, if EBSCO has access to that article, there will be a link available in the listing.  Sometimes links to JSTOR and Project Muse are also at the bottom of them.  Otherwise you will need to check and see if your university has access to that specific article.  You might even need to go into the actual library and look for the physical journal housing that article!  Imagine!

I do think an aversion to old-fashioned research is part of the reason some students don’t search this way.  But I also think that some of them just genuinely don’t know any better.  But I promise: that tiny little bit of extra work is worth it.  You’ll find way, way more sources if you search this way, which means you’ll be able to write a better paper!  Plus, profs will notice if you’re only ever citing a single database, and while I don’t think any of them would ever dock you marks for something like that, it’ll still look better if they can tell that you’ve done wide-ranging research just by looking at your Works Cited page.

anonymous asked:

sorry if this is a question you've already answered before, but can i ask where you get your resources? are you fluent in japanese, or do you use any english resources that you might recommend to others who are interested in the subject? :o

No. I don’t speak/read Japanese. Or well … I read kana and know a bunch of kanji, just enough to sound out menus and guess at the meaning/reading of signs and place names in context.

So, not knowing Japanese, I have a few things going for me. I’m pretty good at working with a Japanese online dictionary and Google translate and identifying information like dates and names from Japanese web pages. Google translate won’t give you meaning, but it hints in the right direction to look. Once I find something in Japanese, I can usually confirm it in English more easily. If I’m completely stuck, I’ll ask for a translation, but I don’t plague my acquaintances asking for translations all the time. 

One of the most important advantages I have is access to a university library and its online databases. The best and most interesting history/art/culture books are often hugely expensive and rare outside university libraries. And that’s a huge barrier for a lot of people interested in history. 

More encouragingly, there is a lot of information on the internet. Good places to start out:

My posts link a lot of specific resources and books, and the best way to search them is by browsing my tag cloud: explained in this post. 

@sparrowdreams , whom I reblog and converse with here a lot, is actually a Japanese historian, on the home-run stretch of finishing a doctoral thesis on the history of Sendai in Northern Japan. (That’s Date Masamune’s homeland, for those who don’t know.) She got her start in Japanese history through Rurouni Kenshin, and is always amazingly supportive of fans

None of the following sites is going to be 100 percent accurate, because Shinsengumi legend and history are so intertwined. I’m not going to be 100 percent accurate either. (I cringe to see things I wrote about Bakumatsu history a couple years ago, to be honest. Always so much to correct and clarify.) But these are generally good sites.

  • Shinsengumi no Makoto is a good resource for biographies and information about the Shinsengumi members but most of it’s not footnoted/sourced. The accuracy is reasonably good, but it’s not something you’d be able to cite on a paper.
  • Samurai Archives’ article on the Shinsengumi - The Samurai Archives is the best Japanese history site in English. You can follow links in the article to all sorts of related topics. They have both current and archived forums with a good quality of discussion on Japanese history topics. Some areas are much stronger than others. 

More Bakumatsu history links under the cut. Not an exhaustive list, but interesting stuff.

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Improved GIF Tagging

Tumblr receives a massive daily volume of gifs. We can only associate gifs with metadata from the post, rather than the gif itself, which presents a tricky technical question: how should this gif be indexed for future searches? The post’s tags could be used, but users often use a post’s tags as an under-your-breath-style postscript to the content, not actual post metadata. Gif reactions are ubiquitous on social media platforms, and users expect relevant images quickly supplied to their fingertips to keep the banter going. So Tumblr has to address the need for an accurate and fast heuristic for returning gifs based on a text query.

As part of Tumblr’s recent Hack Day, I devised a potential improvement to our current method of matching gifs and tags. I built a standalone service, nicknamed Taggy, consisting of a simple API and an even simpler user frontend. The goal was to create a classification pipeline from Tumblr’s already extensive gif library to users, prompting them for additional metadata about a gif, and then storing that response in a way that provides easy future search and analysis.

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Woolie’s Bizarre Reboot - JoJo’s Bizarre adventure cross Reboot cross the Best Friends! I side project I will be undertaking for the next couple weeks/months where I make 3D sculpts of the best friends as Reboot/JOJO characters. Wish me luck. I am the dumberest.

I will also post renders from different angles and Zbrush turntables of the best friends and their STAND.EXE’s once Zbrush decides it want’s to cooperate. Many apologies in advance

Get a hobby, he had said. Easier said than done. The library was out - hobbies, for Mike, shouldn’t require homework. And now, looking at the notice board laid out in front of him, he was thinking his choices were fewer and farther between. Tennis club - no thanks. Lamaze class - fun. An amateur production of Rent…

Mike sighed and turned away - that was a bust. His shift was over so he, duffel bag in hand and clad in a pair of sweat pants and t-shirt, he left the gym.