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March 28, 2013

Sandra asks…

How can I find scholarly resources online?

Where can I find scholarly essays, articles, etc, that don’t require you to be registered with a school or university? I’m talking about some sort of database similar to JSTOR. I need to find certain articles so that I can do a personal opinion essay thing and I’m kind of freaking out because I can’t find anything. Google Scholar is next to useless.

Administrator answers:

As someone who works in a library i can say that there is no easy answer to that. It really all depends on your topic and how hard you are willing to look. Some databases that i am aware of that offer scholarly resources are listed below. As for google scholar being useless. I will have to seriously disagree with you there. I find that google scholar is more user friendly and more accurate in finding resources on a given subject. I would suggest going to a library that has access to the online articles. If not, try these:

1. Http://
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also, check the webpages of various universities and specifically the departments in the colleges such as history, art, etc. You will often find links to scholarly resources and projects that do not require a subscription or password.

Carol asks…

How does creationism look in the face of this evidence for Evolution?

Go to google scholar, type ‘evolution’, limit search to 2012 only. Number of peer-reviewed papers describing Evidence for Evolution 69,100.

Type in creationism, you get 219. First on the list: The Three Failures of Creationism: Logic, Rhetoric, and Science…

Creationism epic fail?

Administrator answers:


Logical conclusion: Google = devil

Ruth asks…

What are good search engines to find scientific journals in which you can actually read the whole article?

I’ve already tried google scholar…it works but you have to pay for all of the articles.

Administrator answers:


Basically go here:
search for term
click “advanced search”
check “Links to free full text “hit search beneath
there you go

Also, you always can go here:

all articles will be guarnteed to be free of charge but you will find more articles with first method

George asks…

How did being seen at the theatre affect one’s social status in the 17th century, France?

I have been looking for quite awhile, and this is the only question of which I do not know. I’ve tried Google, Google Scholar, my Junior College Database, and my high-school database.

If anyone knows the answer and can link me to a credible source, It would be greatly appreciated.

-Thanks :)

Administrator answers:

It’s a psychological truth that being perceived by others doing “in” things has always been a main confirmation and enhancement of one’s existence and social standing, as expressed in the line from MY FAIR LADY at the Ascot races, “Everyone who’s anyone is here.” It’s just that this period in French culture became particularly known for this social phenomenon.

Daniel asks…

Do creationists still claim there is no evidence for Evolution, or do they have another reason to deny truth?

Google Scholar lists 71,800 scientific papers and books on evolution published in 2012 so far.

It lists 696 on Creationism for the same period. Number 1 is “The Three Failures of Creationism: Logic, Rhetoric, and Science” Ha!

Administrator answers:

Tell those creationists to chew on this-

Evidence and proof that we evolved by evolution, by ourselves, without the help of any god:

DNA sequencing,
Endogenous retroviruses,
Similarities between all lineages of DNA, RNA, amino acids, and the lipid bilayer,
Genome and gene duplication
Horizontal gene transfer
Cat endogenous retroviruses
Chromosome 2 in humans
Cytochrome c
Human endogenous retroviruses
Human mitochondrial DNA haplogroup
Human Y-chromosome DNA haplogroup
Evolutionary developmental biology and embryonic development
Homologous structures and divergent (adaptive) evolution
Nested hierarchies and classification
Fossil Record
Continental distribution
Island biogeography
Antibiotic and pesticide resistance
E. Coli long-term evolution experiment
Lactose intolerance in humans
Nylon-eating bacteria
PCB tolerance
Peppered moth
Radiotrophic fungus
Urban wildlife

Vestigial structures in embryonic development:
Hind structures in whales
Insect mouthparts
Other arthropod appendages
Pelvic structure of dinosaurs
Pentadactyl limb
Recurrent laryngeal nerve in giraffes
Route of the vas deferens

Observed speciation:
Drosophila melanogaster
Hawthorn fly
London Underground mosquito
Madeira House Mouse
etc, etc, etc…

Evidence for the existence of a god:


Scientists are discovering that a part of religious peoples brains, the temporal lobes, and other specific parts of their brains, are overly-sensitized, faulty and under-evolved.

It’s going on right now!!
Evolution occurs at different rates for different members of a species.

Specific parts of religious peoples brains haven’t evolved as fast as the brains of atheists and people who don’t believe in god and religion. Parts of many religious peoples brains are stuck in the Stone Age and Bronze Age.
But other parts of their brain work fine. That’s why you will find religious people in all walks of life.

The parts of the brain that control math, history, business, carpentry, plumbing, and even science, etc, are different from the parts of the brain that control religious belief. So you can have scientists who are religious.

Years ago, humans had very little science and technology, so the only way they could explain things was to make up fictional, god fairy tales, and say a god or gods did it. Parts of religious peoples brains haven’t evolved out of that earlier, more primitive stage of human evolution.

With many people, believing in God is a combination of both nature and nurture, genetic and learned. Every individual is different.
Parts of many religious peoples brain hardware are old and outdated and permanently stuck in the Stone Age-Bronze Age and can’t be updated. They are science-blind, in many ways, the same way a person is color-blind. So they continue to believe in an ancient, primitive, make-believe, nonexistent, fairy tale Santa-God.

In a way, religious people are like modern day Neanderthals.

Take a look at these-

Sharon asks…

How would you find online how many alcohol related deaths there were in the United States in 2006?

For my class I have to answer that question using only google, ask, or yahoo search engines. I also need to be able to explain what type of search I did (general, advanced) using what words, what results I got and how many, and a link to the site that states the answer.

I have searched on all three, even searching google scholar and google books and I can’t find anything. All the results I find are the wrong year or are just about alcohol related car accidents. I’m conpletely at a loss on what to search for. Help!

Administrator answers:

General Research Guides for Students:

Easy to use links that will help with all your research needs, try typing a keyword or two into the search engine and see what happens.


Donna asks…

What is an appropriate psychological measure to measure mood in children aged 4-5?

I’ve looked on Web of Knowledge and Google Scholar and found nothing! Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Administrator answers:

Ask them how they feel ?

Best Wishes.

Mars Mission.

Lizzie asks…

Please help! What is the difference between a research based article and a non research based article?

What is the difference between a research based article and a non research based article? I have to find a article that is research based but I am have difficulty understanding the difference between the two. Can someone please FULLY explain the difference to me! On Google scholar are those ALL research based articles? When can I find a research based article? Do all research based articles have to be peer reviewed?

Administrator answers:

A research based article is going to cite references and other documentation, opinion, or studies. A non research based article will just be an article written from someone’s experience or opinion.

Helen asks…

Who was the Italian sculptor who sketched ancient roman ruins?

please i really need help, i cant find it in my book, or the google scholar, and please dont say anything bad, i really need this

Administrator answers:

Perhaps you’re referring to Donatello’s and Brunelleschi’s journey to Rome. It is considered a milestone in Renaissance beginnings

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