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Questions about how to conduct research, and how to incorporate your research into your writing.

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Where can I find examples of the formatting/terminolgy/slang used in describing snowboarding routines in a competition scene?

I'm struggling to write an accurate description of a Snowboarding Competition, since I don't know where to access written accounts on the technique used as well as the correct terminology. I am busy ...
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I am writing about examples of contemporary stereotyping of Native Americans, but what are more contemporary examples in movies and shows? [closed]

I am currently researching how stereotypes of Native Americans are still propagated in films today in the 21st century, just as they are in things like sports mascots and food brands, but I am having ...
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How do I express that others and I were unable to find literature about a topic?

Given this question of mine I wondered: If one wants to publish a new result which one couldn't find any information where the result could have possibly been covered (and neither could one's ...
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What is the difference between “accurate” information in a document and “believable” information?

As part of some research I am doing on measuring documentation quality, I have come across the terms "accurate" and "believable" as two separate dimensions of information quality. But the differences ...
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I'm writing a thesis/novel. What should I pay attention to on a possible research trip?

For my BA degree, I am required to complete a thesis project in the field of fiction writing, and I plan to write a novel. With the idea I'm pursuing right now, I plan for it to have elements of ...
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Where to find examples of real life situations and counter-arguments to support your arguments in an essay?

I'm currently writing an essay for a school assignment. My teacher's—and Google's—answers as to where to find examples of real life situations and counter-arguments to support my arguments in an essay ...
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To read or not to read similar works before write my own?

I was thinking if is better or worst to read other works that share similar ideas to the story you want to write before you start it or while doing it. Two quick answers comes to my mind: Yes, do ...
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How can I know that what's on a site is true?

So from my other question, I was told that under certain circumstances, you could trust Wikipedia. But then after a couple of answers, I started wondering how to figure out which sites have valid ...
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Is Wikipedia Trustworthy?

So in elementary school, I was told not to use Wikipedia too much because you can't trust what they write. So then for all the projects, I used the Canadian Encyclopedia, but then now, I really would ...
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Where to find industrial schematics or blue prints for reference?

I am researching the weapons and systems that exist in the present day to better understand and extrapolate the jargon that my characters will be using. I have found many interesting pieces of ...
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How to write a character that knows a lot about explosives?

I'm writing a story where the main character makes and detonates bombs. The character could be considered a terrorist. I want to portray the character as an expert, but I don't know a way to obtain ...
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How do I write a social survival guide for asperger people?

I decided to write a survival guide called "The neurotypical tyranny", for people with Asperger's syndrome. I want to write this book to help people like me. These are the following questions that I ...
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How to briefly research baseball

I'm a short story writer (hobbyist by nature) and I generally try to write and experiment with different genres. Recently I've been thinking about sports, and I chose to write a short story about ...
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Pregnancy in writing - A bit difficult

In one of my stories, I have a chapter that is all about a woman's first pregnancy and her experience. It is a fictional woman but still, because my writing tends to be on the scientific side of ...
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I'm not sure where to start with writing a horror story

I haven't written anything horror, but I have had scenes in my past stories that my friends have stated was 'creepy,' so I've decided I wanted to attempt to write something scary. I tend to lean into ...
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How would one ask questions about the job of a rookie police officer? [closed]

I'm writing a WIP novel with a rookie police officer. I'm concerned that the situation is incorrect / impractical / unbelievable: He is, respectfully, a minor character and his story is used to serve ...
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Can a source be cited just to substantiate a claim, without specifically mentioning the author or the content?

For example, if I make the claim: "there are experts in the field that think X is fascinating." and if I insert a footnote source, like this: "there are experts in the field that think this way[1]."...
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How to cite the source when paraphrasing/summarizing in Chicago-Turabian style

I might be asking the same question that is found here. However, it has no marked answer, and the one answer it has only has one upvote. It's crucial that I do this right, so I thought I should still ...
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Gathering information online? [closed]

How do I get correct information when looking something up for reference? I would go to google, yes, but how to get proper intel. I have this system where I get some general Idea for a "thing" and ...
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Southern Californian slang/vernacular

I'm playing around with story ideas involving university students. Most of them are locals but I wanted to include a foreign character as a sort of outside view. I also decided to make her ...
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Can a person get bogged down by science fiction research?

I discovered my interest in writing a few years ago. I was extremely stressed out from work, and so out of the blue, I sat down to write science fiction every night for a week. Although I have been ...
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Case studies of the use of concept mapping in science fiction writing?

I have a general concept for a science fiction novel. I have a habit of looking for information from books and scholarly journal articles to help "fill in the gaps" with such ideas. In the last few ...
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Writing a character that does not share your ethnic background?

When you make a character that isn't your own race or ethnic background, you have to research things, in order to avoid misrepresentation. But, what must you research about a given ethnic group? How ...
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Looking for best practices on using surveys to gather information for a non-fiction book

I am looking for best practices (or references to such) for using interviews to collect information for a non-fiction book. I've done some searching on surveys and non-fiction books but have only hit ...
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MLA Background Research Paper: Noting a citation in the text?

I need to write a background research paper on a science fair experiment, but it needs to be formatted in MLA. I looked up some examples of a MLA essay and research paper but there seems to be ...
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How to extrapolate a spectacular crime from everyday ones

I'm reading daily crime stories in newspapers, just to have an idea to write a detective story. But the crimes I read about aren't helpful to create a plot. I mean, they are really boring and all the ...
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Finding literary critiques

I have been finding it very difficult to come up with topics/ theses for my essay assignments and I think reading the works of more experienced scholars may be useful. However, I haven't been able to ...
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How to start doing research on scientific facts for my sci-fi? Tips and tricks

I'm a fantasy writer and seldom exposing myself to sci-fi albeit both of them can be categorise as the same genre. I have this idea to start a sci-fi short story where the technologies in this world ...
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How much license is provided by artistic license?

I am writing a novel of historical fiction containing a short scene in which the city of Kiev is bombed on the first day of the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Twenty-two people were ...
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Rewriting about a baby-cam intrusion

While researching computer & tech investigations, hwich my novel is about, I stumbled across headlines for baby-cam intrusions. My premise would be that someone hacks the baby-cam of the prince ...
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How to use sociological and/or psychological studies in character building?

A story I’m trying to write have several characters who have been raised in foster families. None of them have been physically or emotionally abused, but I still felt like their childhood sould have ...
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Learning about hand-to-hand combat?

I am writing heroic fantasy. Plot demands hand-to-hand combat, about which I know little. What is the best/quickest way to learn enough about pre-firearms defense to write convincingly about it?
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How to move back to main section after finishing a sub-section

I am writing a paper but I don't know how to move back to the main section after I'm done writing a sub-section, like this: 1.1 Main section 1.1.1 subsection 1 1.1.2 subsection 2 As I write long ...
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How can I do research about the geographical scenarios of plot?

I am writing a semi-fantasy novel, which is set in medieval India and today's New York. I have never been to New York, and will not be there, for far period. How can I do research to embed the ...
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Where can I publish a book/e-book at a minimal cost?

I have a book I want to publish. The book is in PDF format. I want to sell it on Amazon or somewhere similar for 5 $ each in electronic format (downloadable to Kindle or the Kindle app for smartphones)...
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APA Cross-referencing Several Items from One Anthology

I am using a couple edited books in a paper I am writing. From each one, I need to cite 2-3 chapters. MLA offers a way to "cross-reference" within a reference list when citing multiple chapters from ...
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Looking for informed people to evaluate a creative writing project about psychiatry

I am a beginning writer. I would like to write a science fiction / fantasy book that is critical of psychiatry, including diagnosis inflation, the influence of Big Pharma, and the field's de-emphasis ...
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How to create an “otherworldy” feel in a fantasy novel?

I am currently writing a high fantasy novel. Writing this novel, which is set in a different world, I am having some trouble giving the Tolkien feel of a multi-cultured world. I have tried to use, by ...
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How to refer to myself in a research paper?

Okay so I have collected personal spending data of myself and significant other over a period of 6 months. I'm quite happy with the data and would like to present it and write it up as a research ...
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How to write about what you don't know?

I am a strong believer in writing what you know. Everything I write is at least partially based on something that I have experienced. My problem is that for plot reasons, I need one of my characters ...
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True Crime writing research: Where do you even begin?

I am in the beginning stages of writing my first book, and it is a true crime novel about something that happened down the street from my own home. My question is to anyone else who has written a non ...
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How do I keep from plagiarizing others?

I would like to start writing blog articles online as a guest writer. Most blogs have guidelines that have to be loosely followed; like what the niche should be, if it needs to be a list, and a bunch ...
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Good writing software for tracking information/facts (for Man vs Nature plot)

I have been looking for a writing software, but while I have seen a number of mentions about how this or that program helps you keep track of characters, I haven't seen any mentions of ones that are ...
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What is the formal way to write a reference in English?

I am writing my thesis and I need to know the correct way of putting the reference. For example: This is a sentence taken from someone [2]. This is a sentence taken from someone[2]. This is a ...
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How can I include my own words within the quotation?

How can I include my own words (of an extra information) within the quotation? Can I do it in the following way, with the words in bracket being my own? To quote the words of the Buddha: “Here, ...
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An online resource where writers can get quick answers to questions about the real world?

Detailed research is all very well, but quite honestly there are times when it would just be a better use of your time to fire off a quick question and get a quick reply from the bounteous well of ...
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How should I have my male character express strong feelings?

I am a woman, and I wrote a book out of the perspective of a guy. His best friend tells him she wants to kill herself. So he writes her a diary (with her in mind as the audience) about everything they ...
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How do I write dialogue to evoke a historical setting?

I want to write a novel set in the 12th century. I can learn about the platform for the story, like city life and culture of people at that time, by googling on the internet. But I don't know how to ...
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Report writing: should I use ® © symbols?

I am busy writing a report for university. For this, I did some programming in MATLAB and simulations in Aspen Plus and HYSYS. When referring to these software in the report, should I symbols such ...
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I'm writng a biography; what questions should I ask when interviewing the subject?

I will be meeting someone soon for a multi-session interview where I will be gathering information for the book i am writing about that person's life. I am not a journalist or a novelist nor have I ...