i try not to use wikipedia as a source

anonymous asked:

What are some Freddie Biographies you recommend? I'm planning on getting Mercury and me, but I don't know any others

Mercury and Me by Jim Hutton, Freddie Mercury: An Intimate Memoir by Peter Freestone (I haven’t read the follow up, What He Left Behind), and Queen Unseen by Peter Hince (Queen’s roadie) are the only biographies (or memoirs, really) I would trust. There is also Freddie Mercury: His Life in His Own Words by Greg Brooks, which is really just a collection of quotes, but the closest there is to an autobiography! And Queen: As It Began by Jacky Gunn is the authorised Queen biography, published just after Freddie’s death, so it’s completely biased but definitely worth a read too.

In my opinion, the so-called biographies by Mark Blake, Laura Jackson and - *dramatic music* - Lesley Ann Jones are tabloid-chasing, muck-raking, money-grubbing rubbish. I tried most of them when I first ‘discovered’ Freddie (last year!), but discarded them for being too gossipy (Jones) or just plain bitchy (Blake) - why write about a man you have no respect for? 

And I think I may have mentioned how much I detest Somebody To Love: The Life Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury by Matt Richards and Mark Langthorne, which came out last year. The key word in the subtitle for the authors is ‘death’ - they seem to try their damndest to make everything in Freddie’s life about AIDS, presumably because that was the hook they used to get their book published. Also, they quote from the other biographies and trashy sources like the Daily Star obituary and ‘Freddie’s Loves’, so Freddie’s Wikipedia page is probably more accurate.

Sorry, that turned into a rant! Basically, go for the books written by people who actually knew Freddie, not hacks out to make a quick buck by picking holes in his memory.

icesapphireserpent  asked:

Hey I'm sorry to bother you with this but I'm a Sicilian-American. My family immigrated from Palermo a few generations back and our heritage has always been important to us. So I've been trying to learn Sicilian but it's been very very difficult. Any advice you can give or textbooks you recommend? Again sorry for the trouble and thank you for your time.

Hello @icesapphireserpent,

Well, There are not many sources to learn Sicilian, but you can try these links:







https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWeO3CwBITw - An interesting video about Sicilian pronunciation

There’s also a book about Sicilian grammar

Learn Sicilian / Mparamu lu sicilianu by Gaetano Cipolla. 

I hope it helps, good luck! :) 

anonymous asked:

Hi! So I'm not Jewish but I have a question. Sorry if this is weird or random but when Gal Gadot was first cast I saw a lot of stuff about how its anti Semitic to cast her or she is anti. So I haven't gone to see it. A lot of people (including one Jewish blog which is why I'm asking) are posting about how good it is and how it's good for women but yeah I wouldn't want to participate in anti Semitism what do you think about her/the movie? Second opinions are good. Thank you. Have a super day.♡

Ps. I would have asked that blog specifically but they don’t have anon on and I only like to be on anon (anxiety). Thank you!

It’s not weird or random at all! 

I haven’t seen anything about anyone not seeing it because she is Jewish, or because it’s anti-Semitic. (Maybe I’ve missed that shit?) What I’ve personally seen is people not seeing it because she is an Israeli citizen, and it is mandatory for all Israeli-born citizens to join the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) when they are 18 for two years. (This is what I remember being taught in Hebrew School so forgive me if this is old or out-dated information.)

Lots of people have problems with Israel and what is going on with Palestine in regards to Zionism, so they are not seeing this movie on the basis that Gal Gadot is an Israeli citizen who was part of the IDF and said this quote about it.

“I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens,” she wrote. “Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children…We shall overcome!!! Shabbat Shalom! #weareright #freegazafromhamas #stopterror #coexistance #loveidf”

I personally have no problem with anyone not seeing or supporting this film or actress because of her ties with the IDF, support of it or her being from a country that they consider problematic. The problem is, TONS of people equate Judaism with Zionism, and Zionism with Judaism. Which is GROSSLY anti-Semitic as fuck and ignores what Jews have gone through throughout history and what we continue to go through.

Some links dealing with people not seeing the film.

I saw this movie, and I personally think it’s weird some people want to boycott this film and actress because of where she was from and was she HAD to do via her government. The USA and MANY other countries have been apart of wars killing millions of innocent people over land and other causes; why not boycott all of these based on this? Again, this is not to belittle or make fun of or shame anyone who boycotts this film for these reasons. 

It’s also really nice to see a Jewish woman play the role of one of the most iconic female super heroes ever. 

It’s up to you if you want to support the film or not. I recommend doing your research on Israel, Palestine, the IDF and the actress/film/production company if you want a really, really informed decision.

It’s up to YOU, not anyone else.

Also I don’t mind if people message me on anon! That’s what it’s there for. 

Though I’m probably going to get some anti-Semitic fuckwad telling me I’m a “blood-thirsty gentile child killer” for “supporting IDF/Israel” and that I’m a “Zionist” because I’m Jewish and am not boycotting this film. (Which is NOT your fault at all! So don’t feel bad please!!) (Also for reference to being a gentile child killer, please check out what blood libels are!)

This tumblr post really sums up my feelings on the issue.This also addresses other famous actors supporting other wars/militaries/military action, which I love.

*Note: lots of the links I put in here are from Wikipedia. I understand that this source and others I may have referenced aren’t super legit/peer reviewed/whatever.

**Edit: No, I do not support what Israel is doing in regards to Palestine, the IDF and Zionism. I also don’t support what my OWN military in the USA is doing. I don’t support war, or kicking people out of their homes or trying to “racially/ethnically purify” any territory ever. But I will NOT tolerate people equating Judaism to Zionism or vice-versa, I will NOT tolerate people using their hatred of Zionism to mask their anti-Semitism and I will NOT be silent about ANY of this shit.

anonymous asked:

Hello, what are your favorite online resources for studying philosophy?

Hope this is helpful!

Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy - Wikipedia is okay for philosophy articles but the SEP is written by scholars, fully referenced and where I tend to start if I don’t understand something. For fun try the Random Article button.

Perseus Digital Library - ancient texts in open-source English translations and the original language. Includes a lexicon which can help you investigate individual words in their original language. Especially good if you’re suspicious like me and don’t really trust translations using the word ‘love’ or ‘wisdom’ without any explanation of how they came to that. Here’s Plato’s Apology to get you started.

Project Gutenburg - most people are aware of this one, it’s a repository for out-of-copyright books. It has over 50,000 books on the shelves so if you don’t mind e-books then there’s no reason to ever be without something to read.

Bartleby - similar to Project Gutenburg but it’s a curated selection of the ‘Great Books’. I find it less overwhelming than PG. 

Miniature Library of Philosophy - I think the majority of online texts I use are actually from this archive. It’s obviously got a bias, being hosted by marxists.org, but this is a pretty good outline of Western philosophy in the last few centuries.

Brain Pickings - probably one of my favourite websites around. Well-written, punchy articles about all sorts of intellectual subjects. Take a look at their bookshelf for a bit of inspiration.

The School of Life - they offer classes and material on how to utilise philosophy toward well-bring. Their YouTube channel is well worth watching. Their series on Work and Capitalism is terrific.

Philosophy Bites - Nigel Warburton’s long-running philosophy podcast. I tend to go back into the archives when I need something to listen to. There are hundreds of episodes available, here’s a list of them arranged by theme.

anonymous asked:

omg if u still have links to the skincare chemistry stuff that'd be awesome i need to be enlightened

hey bby!! so i didn’t find like a cohesive article, but i researched the chemical makeup of the skin and then looked at how those interact with other chemicals (specifically, those on the ingredients list of lots of my skincare products). u can kinda read between the lines to better understand how products u are using might be affecting ur skin! (the wikipedia page for “human skin” has good links in the bibliography to read up on lmao). always be careful what sources ur using tho!!! corporations often fund the research done, so take things with a grain of salt and try to find more than one source

pinketamine  asked:

I know that this is not a History blog, but I recently read Born a Crime by Trevor Noah and I have a sudden urge to learn as much as possible about apartheid and racial discrimination in South Africa (and the rest of Africa really). I basically learnt nothing about non european. So yeah, maybe you or some followers can point me in a good direction. Thanks so much in advance.

Honestly I’m not the best resource for this but I’ll try. I always start with the wikipedia page for a quick overview of the subject so -  Apartheid wikipedia page. Then I’d suggest looking at the sources used and going from there. 

Here are some resources I found that you might find useful. Disclaimer, I haven’t read any of these. 

Understanding Apartheid Learner’s Book - From The Apartheid Museum’s website. It’s a bunch of pdfs that give a basic overview. 

For their triumphs and for their tears: conditions and resistance of women in apartheid South Africa - That’s a link to the pdf and a bunch of other download options. 

South Africa: A Modern HistoryThis book is a comprehensive survey of the whole of South African history from pre-colonial times to 1999. It handles all major topics in some depth, with special focus on the dramatic changes in that country since 1990. It includes an important chapter on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and information on the recent South African elections. Both authors have long experience of university teaching in South Africa and have published widely in the field. - Description from GoodReads

I Write What I Like: Selected Writings by Steve Biko -  A compilation of writings from anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko.

London Recruits: The Secret War Against Apartheid

 The Rise, Fall, and Legacy of Apartheid

Cry Freedom

Finally, a quora thread with a few dozen book recommendations. Hope this helps!

Of course, followers are welcome to add their own recommendations as well. 

nealc25  asked:

how fast do you read your philo books? how do you collect your material to essay writing? do you use any special sources from internet? And I mean some serious search engine or data collection, not just wikipedia or google... thanks! following you on tumblr and goodreads!

How reading works for me

Most tutors on my course work from photocopied A4 ‘reading packs’. We get them during the seminar each week, we read most of it in class and then anything we didn’t get to I read at home or on the way home. For the first essay of the module we are expected to use the reading packs for the majority of the material we quote. The second essay is usually more specific and can be individually set rather than having the same title for the whole class. In this case there’s an expectation that we read deeper into the subject and quote material from outside the reading packs. For one of our tutors there are no reading packs and I have to use the library on both their essays.

Finding Texts

I very rarely use Google or Wikipedia when researching for an essay. I will try and find a book on the subject in the library which is an outline and then use the bibliography of that to find some primary texts to read. As far as possible I try and quote from primary texts. The course outlines the tutors provide also have really good reading lists and if all else fails I just email them and ask.

Online Sources

Online I like to use the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy which is more in-depth and professionally-written than Wikipedia. For classical texts I always use the Perseus Digital Library if I can’t get a physical copy. The Marxist Internet Archive doesn’t exactly look like a reliable academic source but it has a really thorough archive or anything Marxist from Adorno to Zizek. Obviously there’s sites like the Gutenberg Project for anything out-of-copyright but the translations can be patchy and my university library usually has a copy of anything I might be looking for. I much prefer to work from a physical book when I can.

‘Reading’ Philosophy

How fast do I read philosophy books? I wouldn’t say I do much ‘reading’ in the traditional sense of reading page-after-page of the same book. I am a bit of a devotee of Mortimer Adler’s How to Read a Book which explains how best to tackle a philosophical tome (you can find a PDF of it without too much searching). Essentially his advice boils down to skimming the book, picking out the relevant parts, actively reading them and taking notes.

[I hope this was helpful or mildly interesting to you. Keep in touch, I always like to speak to other people who study philosophy

- Adam]

anonymous asked:

Hi! Do you know of any good websites or dictionaries which have old french expressions or idioms? I am trying to read a 19th Century letter, but there is an expression that I cannot understand in it and I haven't been able to find that expression online. Thanks.

http://www.expressio.fr/ Expressio is a really good, very exhaustive website with all kinds of idioms, old ones, recent ones, and all is well explained. I use it a lot of this blog. 
Wikipedia, or more precisely, wiktionnaire is also a great source for idioms with concrete examples. 
And last resort, ask me and I’ll do the research for you on French internet. 


We’ve all had those English assignments where we’re asked to read a text, usually a novel or play, and are then asked to make a point about the book and prove said point in a paper.

But how do you build an argument when your point isn’t necessarily one that has pro or con (for or against) sides? (Like pro-death penalty or anti-abortion.)  

It’s easier than you may think.

First off, find something to write about; a thesis (your “point”).

  • Try to find something that interests you. For example, if you have interest in women’s studies, perhaps you can write about female roles in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart or Miller’s play “The Crucible,” or whatever it is you’re reading. You can also do this if you’re anti-government or like learning about various cultures.  (or whatever!)
  • If you’re assigned a point or can’t find one you’re interested in, try to keep an open mind. Going in with a bad attitude will only make things harder, boring, and may show negatively in your grade. If you go in open-minded, you may even learning something you do find interesting.

Next is to figure out how to back your thesis with supporting points.

  • Okay, you may not be able to do the pro/con thing, but when trying to figure out how to support my point/thesis, it can be easier for me to think of things in a debate setting. By this I mean, I try to think of how someone could try to disprove me. Then I go about researching/re-reading so I can rebuff those “against” points.  So in other words, I go at things a little backwards.
  • When it comes to outside resources (resources outside your book), take advantage of any academic databases your school subscribes to (things like Ebscohost, MLA Bibliography, etc.) These databases are the best ways to find scholarly articles. If you can’t access these databases or if your searches are coming up dry, try Wikipedia. And yes, I know you’re yelling “Mary, I can’t use Wiki, it’s not a reputable source!” But you can look at the arthur’s sources. Those may good and well be scholarly and reputable articles. 
  • Also, don’t be afraid to ask your teacher or a research librarian for help. Your teachers may have their own sources (books, etc.) on whatever you’re reading, and librarians know all sorts of research strategies that us normal folks do not. Trust me, I know that doing your own online research can be socially easier than physically asking for help, but sometimes you just have to. I’ve botched some grades just because I was too afraid to ask for help.

Now, it’s time to begin the actual writing process.

  • Do whatever pre-writing process works best for you, even if that means just jumping head first into writing. For these sort of papers, I jot down my supporting points in the order I want to address them. I also bullet point my “evidence” under the corresponding point. Kind of like a really sloppy and lazy outline.
  • It’s good to think of your points/evidence/examples as a hierarchy. (THESIS>Main Supporting Points (usually three or four depending)>Evidence/Examples per Point)  
  • Make sure to include quotes! For literary based papers quotes and other forms of textual evidence are super important! (During your pre-writing you may want to note the page number that your quotes are located on.) It’s best to know what quotes you’re planning to use before you begin actually writing. Never just fit in a quote later, because your assignment calls for a certain number of quotes.
  • And what do those quotes need? CITATIONS. Also, remember to cite even when you’re just paraphrasing material. 
  • With keeping the above suggestions in mind, just go ahead with your usual writing and editing process.

***If you have issues with analyzing your book, I have a tip post here that may prove useful. 

Happy Writing!

supernachtkuchen  asked:

Dear Anwen- I am studying Welsh and some of the linguistic rules are slightly puzzling. Please explain double consonants and the pronunciations of the words in your post earlier. I think you only elaborated on one or two. I'd really appreciate the help. Thanks! -Kuchen-

First of all, let us establish the Welsh alphabet: 

a b c ch d dd e f ff g ng h i j l ll m n o p ph r rh s t th u w y

j is a new letter and was only recently added, but it is now largely considered an official part of Welsh orthography (my addition to this post describes briefly how we compensated for our heinous lack of j!). We still don’t have the letters k, v, x and z, because all of the phonetic properties of these letters in English are transcribed in other ways in Welsh.

For example, the Welsh letter f is pronounced the same as the English letter v (eg the Welsh word fi, meaning ‘me’, is pronounced ‘vee’, not ‘fee’. The letter ff is the equivalent of the English f, so the Welsh word ffrind, meaning ‘friend’, is pronounced ‘frind’), and the letter c in Welsh is always pronounced the same as the English k. In Welsh, it’s never a soft c, as in the word nice in English, but is always a hard one, as in cat. For x, we use cs (eg tacsi, meaning taxi, is pronounced, erm, ‘taxi’) and for z, which only occurs in words borrowed from English, we use s (eg sw, which means zoo and is pronounced ‘zoo’).

In terms of consonants and vowels, Welsh has 7 vowels (a, e, i, o, u, w, y) and the remainder are consonants. Whereas w and y are considered consonants in English and perform the function of a vowel in certain contexts (eg in the word sky), they are whole vowels in Welsh and never perform the function of a consonant. This means that the urban myth about Welsh being full of consonants is actually untrue - in fact, most words in Welsh contain a higher ratio of vowels to consonants than English words.

The reason for that urban myth is down in part to these Welsh vowels and in part to its digraphs (more on that below!). For example, if you were to apply English orthography to the Welsh word cwpwrdd (cupboard), you would assume that it consisted of 7 letters, all consonants. In fact, it consists of 6 letters (c, w, p, w, r, dd), 2 of which are vowels (both instances of w).

To be honest, I find it quite difficult to try and explain the pronunciation of Welsh words without using Welsh comparisons. Your best bet for learning about the pronunciations of Welsh words is to look at the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), because there are phonemes in Welsh which are not found anywhere else in any other language, and so I can’t provide you with an equivalent word in, say, English. 

I know it’s a massive no-no to use Wiki as a reliable source, but Wikipedia has a section on how IPA relates solely to Welsh, which is very helpful! As Welsh is a completely phonetic language, once you’ve learnt how to pronounce the alphabet, you’re halfway to being able to read any word. Then you have to look at things such as diphthongs (two adjacent vowel sounds in one syllable, eg my sister’s name Aneira - ‘ei’ is a diphthong, and is pronounced ‘ay’ rather than ‘eh-ih’ as it would be if you were to read the vowels separately) and diacritics (accents, circumflexes etc, eg, which means house - the circumflex on the y here indicates that it’s a long vowel, meaning that  is pronounced ‘tee’ rather than ‘tuh’, as it would be without the circumflex). 

Again, Wikipedia is an absolute babe on this front, and does give quite a lot of information on how Welsh is written compared to its pronunciation. 

By double consonants, I assumed that you meant the letters with two characters (eg ch, ll). Those are known as digraphs and function as one letter. For example, the word ddrwg, meaning bad, has 4 letters - dd, r, w and g. Quite a few of these digraphs, most notably ng and ph, are most commonly found in what is known in Welsh grammar as a mutation. This is an absolutely brain-melting rule in which prepositions or pronouns change the spelling of the noun. I don’t have the space, time or indeed the grammatical knowledge to give you a thorough lesson on this, but here’s a brief example:

yn = in
Caerdydd = Cardiff
yng Nghaerdydd = in Cardiff
yn Caerdydd = 100% incorrect, what are you doing

and here’s another one:

fy = my
tad = dad
fy nhad = my dad
fy tad = everyone’s laughing at you, just stop

In trying to find an article for you about that, I discovered that, once more, Wikipedia has come to the rescue, and has quite a comprehensive article on Welsh morphology, which also discusses pronouns and verb tenses and other things which honestly just give me flashbacks to my Welsh A Level exam. 

Honestly, there are so many grammatical nuances that are completely unique to Welsh that I cannot even begin to go into any of them here. All I can really say is that Welsh is a genuinely beautiful language - you all need to Google ‘cynghanedd’ right now - and there’s no other language on Earth that sounds quite like it. Hopefully, you’ve got some sort of basic idea from the info in this post and the shameful Wikipedia links provided as to how Welsh sounds. If not, here’s a genuinely kind of useful comparison - this is how Let It Go sounds in Welsh. You’re welc.

With the new ‘White Princess’ series coming out I would like to remind everyone that historical fiction is fiction and Philippa Gregory is (the worst kind of) fiction.  This version of Elizabeth of York and Henry VII are (once again shitty) fiction and that means that they are not real and fiction.  If anything in this fiction interests you, feel free to consult some historical sources which are not fiction, wikipedia will do just fine in comparison to that woman’s fictional books.  I assure you that her fiction is indeed fiction despite her claims that it is historical and not fiction.  If you enjoy this fiction, that is ok, just remember it is fiction and don’t try to use this fiction as a source when talking to lovers of non fiction history.  This fiction is not the first fiction of its kind and it certainly will not be the last, with fiction events and fiction characters using the names of real non-fiction people and non-fiction places.  Did I mention that this mini series is fiction and the book it is based on is fiction?

anonymous asked:

Stop suggesting Greek gods to Wiccans!

1) Hellenism is not a closed religion and thus open for anyone to worship the Greek/Roman Deities

2) You are not the gate keeper of who can and cannot worship Greek/Roman Deities


While Hellenismos does have certain guidelines as a practice, there is no reason that a Wiccan can’t follow them as well as any self-identified Hellenist.  When any of us here provide a deity’s name, it is never with the intent that said deity should be completely removed from their cultural context and forced into a foreign one, which is the only thing I can imagine is your concern.

- mountain hound

As you can see in the second paragraph of this Wikipedia page (and drop all “But Wikipedia is unreliable!” antics please, because they try very hard to make sure they continue to stay a reliable source) it is stated that Wiccans can be polytheists as well as duotheists. Here’s the paragraph if for some reason the link doesn’t work:

Some Wiccans are polytheists, believing in many different deities taken from various ’pagan’ pantheons, while others would believe that, in the words of Dion Fortune, “all the Goddesses are one Goddess, and all the Gods one God”. Some Wiccans are both duotheistic and polytheistic, in that they honor diverse pagan deities while reserving their worship for the Wiccan Goddess and Horned God, whom they regard as the supreme deities. (This approach is not dissimilar to ancient pagan pantheons where one divine couple, a god and goddess, were seen as the supreme deities of an entire pantheon.) Some see divinity as having a real, external existence; others see the Goddesses and Gods as archetypes or thoughtforms within the collective consciousness.

So please, don’t assume that because it’s not something you do in your practice, that it’s not the “right” way to practice.

- nocturnal wix

the-wordy-wonder-deactivated201  asked:

Seanan I'm sorry to be that person butbin that shark gif thing you reblogged that shark was suffocating, they need to move forward to breathe. Just thought you should know.

“Also please note that isn’t me angry with you about posting it at all, just thought you should know I promise I wasn’t trying to be mean sorry if I came across that way.” (From second ask.)

Actually, not necessarily.  From Wikipedia (not always the most accurate source, but the source I can C&P; I have also heard this from aquarium employees):

“All sharks need to keep water flowing over their gills in order for them to breathe, however not all species need to be moving to do this. Those that are able to breathe while not swimming breathe by using their spiracles to force water over their gills, thereby allowing them to extract oxygen from the water.”

Looking at the shark in that gif, its gills are continuing to move, which makes me think that it is breathing, either due to spiracle involvement or because the water is doing the moving for the shark, flowing over the gills and keeping it alive.  The shark is clearly not in distress, or the diver would be sans a hand.

(This does not mean the shark was not sedated, which can happen for research reasons, but it not always necessary with more docile shark breeds, which can allow for moments like the one in the picture.)

anonymous asked:

Hey Laura! I'm looking to start learning Japanese but I have no idea where to start. Do you have any book or website recommendations?


Hmmmmmmmm starting is the hardest part if you’re doing it on your own. I suggest starting by memorizing the syllabic scripts, hiragana and katakana.

To actually learn, if you already had the basics I’d simply recommend a book, but as you’re 100% a beginner I suggest you use a video course. You can probably find some on YouTube, like this one. Try finding ones with Japanese teachers so that the pronunciation you hear is 100% native!

For other beginner resources I recommend checking NHK World lessons here

I also recommend this wonderful pdf, An Introduction to Japanese - Syntax, Grammar & Language. This has kana (hiragana and katakana) examples, but it’s mainly text and theory, so you might end up yawning and preferring something more interactive.

Good luck!!

EDIT: here are the kanas.

Hiragana. Image source: wikipedia

Katakana. Image source: wikipedia.

merlynamell  asked:

I have some problems and I though you could maybe help me. I have to write this research essay for school as a practice and I have problems finding sources. I'd like to find some research sexism in science fiction or something related to that. The problem is that I need to use sources that are really good, like real articles (blog posts won't do) I have problems finding them. And I though if you could help me find some. I'd be really grateful if you could help. ^^

Awesome! You were probably hoping I could give you links to specific articles, but unfortunately, I can’t. What I can do is give you some tips and general advice to make your research paper a success.

First, your topic is a little broad. It helps, especially if you’re doing this essay for practice at school, to have a specific question to focus on. Do you want to focus on contemporary science fiction? Do you want to look at sexism within fan communities? Do you want to analyze gender roles and representations within a particular TV show/movie/podcast/book/short story? Do you want to talk about the awesomeness of Mary Shelly and how she essentially created the genre?

Once you have a narrower topic, it’s actually easier to find good sources (Usually, but not always. I’ll admit I’ve actually refreshed Google on many frustrated nights hoping something would just magically show up on the second try). It looks like you need academic sources, like from journals or books. I’m currently attending a university here in the US, so my school’s library provides me a lot of books and access to lots of academic databases. I would talk to someone at your school or even a local librarian, since they oftentimes can tell you how to access these academic databases. I would also check out scholar.google.com, which lets you search books and academic journals.

Second, even though you’ve probably been told not to cite blogs or sources like Wikipedia, I would still definitely use them as part of your research. Wikipedia is good at giving you a general idea about a particular topic; if you’d like to look at something more in depth or cite something specific, Wikipedia usually has good citations that you can look up. In addition, many blogs usually have a resources or citations page that you can use.

If you want something specific to Doctor Who, let me know and I can give you a list of books I’ve used. And I’ll work on setting up a resources page of my own so that it is easy for future readers to find.

I hope this helps, good luck!

Stop writing stupid shit in Natasha and Elise’s Wikipedia pages! How old are you guys, seriously? Though Wikipedia is not at all a reliable source for any kind of information (thanks to ppl who write shit like ‘creampuff assassin’ as someone’s occupation) People do use Wikipedia regardless, to learn more about celebrities. Plus, Natasha had to use her Wiki to verify being an actor to get across the US border, so please be respectful and don’t add false or idiotic things not only to their pages, but to anyone’s page for that matter. 

the-continuing-past-deactivated  asked:

What sources do you use to get the information in your posts? They are always short, yet super informative. Keep on being great. :D

Thanks so much! As other people may be curious I’ll answer this publicly. If there’s been no request I get a list of events which occurred on the given day from Wikipedia (e.g. August 22), and then pick one to write about. For further information I try to avoid Wikipedia, and instead go to books I have to hand or to websites like the BBC, the History Learning Site, Biography.com, History.com, and news/government sites. If it’s an area I know about I’ll add in snippets I remember from my studies, but often I’m learning new things from my posts. Hope that helps, and thanks for following!

crazywriting  asked:

Any tips on how to write a drugged character? I know the effects depend on the drug and the person, but it still seems really difficult to write…

You are right, it does depend on the drug and the person. To better figure out which side effects drugs have, I suggest you…

(seriously people. Google it. If you’re worried about your search history, enable private browsing/Incognito mode, or head to DuckDuckGo. If you’re really worried about your privacy, get Tor.)

- Graphei

Trouble getting started? Try these search terms: sleeping pill, sedatives, hypnotics (a class of drugs that make you sleep), Valium, GHB, rohypnol (those last two are icky, but they are used, so be familiar with them), barbiturates, opioids, Ambien, Mickey Finn (old school term for chloral hydrate, a staple of 40s and 50s crime fiction), anesthetics. Stick to high-level sources like webmd.com and manufacturer’s websites (can check this with Wikipedia, even for a lot of generics). Some drug treatment and abuse prevention sites can provide you with symptoms, too. [Please remember, we aren’t doctors and this is not in any way medical advice. Don’t use any of these substances on yourself except if a legit medical professional prescribes them.]

You should figure out quickly how tough it is to “drug” someone and have them survive. Next, you’ll want to take a list of symptoms and work those effects into your text. Did you choose a fast- or slow-acting drug? Will the person fall down, or gradually lose feeling in their limbs, will they get dizzy and sweaty and have a rapid heartbeat? How will you make sure the person’s still breathing? Lots of modern surgical drugs are used because they act quick and leave the body quickly. Older botanical chemicals could take days to do their dirty work. Pay attention to these details during your research. Take notes. Cross-reference. Recheck your online sources.

– Aliya