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Writing => Authors' Resource Centre => Topic started by: Cathy C on November 15, 2006, 03:27:10 PM

Title: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: Cathy C on November 15, 2006, 03:27:10 PM
If you’ve found a GREAT website that answers all those awkward, obscure questions you need to complete your novel why don’t you share them with the rest of the group?

Just put TOPIC in the first line (so we all know what it’s about) and then the details of the web address.

Here’s mine (most of them courtesy of Symphony many moons ago)

CATHY C


TOPIC: Forensics/ Autopsies

http://forensic.to/forensic.html

Writers' Medical and Forensics Lab:  http://www.dplyemd.com

Mystery writers' resources:  http://www.zott.com/mysforum/

Deadly Directory:  http://www.cluelass.com/DDO/

Info on crime scene investigation, forensics, etc. - http://www.crimeandclues.com

Title: Re: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: nassj on November 16, 2006, 03:30:34 AM
Thanks Cathy, the crime ones will be handy.
Title: Re: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: glued on November 16, 2006, 04:08:24 AM
Thanks Cathy, the crime ones will be handy.

Oh no Candy. Not another bank about to be looted. ;D
Title: Re: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: glued on November 16, 2006, 04:17:57 AM
I found the site below on general writing. I thought it was good.

http://fictionwriting.about.com/

Title: Re: Sticky: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: Cathy C on November 29, 2006, 05:15:37 PM
Hi Glued,

Your site looks pretty good but I must emphasis that this particular thread is only to do with Research - I.E, the annoying little FACTS that you need to make your work believable. :P

So often here we find people asking questions like: 'How did people speak in Victorian/Olden Times?' Or, 'What's the correct procedure when dealing with a head wound…?'  We’ve even had one: ‘What’s the best name for a horse in medieval times!’

Small things, but so important if we want our work to be credible. ;D

What I’d like to see here is people sharing their knowledge; sites they've found that have helped them or links to others that might aid someone else in their Research.

Together, we can make this writing business so much easier. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: Jillanne Nehls on November 30, 2006, 02:12:48 PM
Excellent, Cathy! Those links will help me a great deal with my own WIP. Yes, I've decided that it's time to finish my own Great American Novel as well as a non-fiction I've had on my mind for years.

Thanks!

Jillanne
Title: Re: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: memnoch on January 17, 2007, 02:50:33 PM
Hey i' looking for something about the correct procedure for spinal injuries. Tried asking medical students but their so far up their arses their looking at their looking at their tonsils
Title: Re: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: N.Mott on January 17, 2007, 03:40:40 PM
Hey Memnoch, is that Spidie's girlfriend, SarahJane, you've got there?
 ;D

Spinal injuries. 
Check out: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-spinal-injury/FA00010

- I could add more but I'd need to know the context - Road traffic accident/motorcyclist? battlefield/survival? A&E or first aid required? etc.
Title: Re: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: memnoch on January 20, 2007, 02:37:33 PM
fell from building is the context. Hit concrete hard! No idea about medicine and Dr's are so unhelpful
Title: Re: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: grannyd on January 30, 2007, 11:35:19 AM
Stoke Mandeville is the hospital for spinal injuries.  This very thing happened to a friend of mine some years ago who was in Stoke Mandeville for about six months.  As he said at the time, he would become triangular shaped and so it proved (because of the building of muscles in his upper body, wheeling himself around, whilst his lower body never gained any weight).  Also - he got away with wearing the same pair of shoes for many years.

On the sex front - he never lost the desire but the ability was gone. 

Title: Re: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: 14thdaymom on March 04, 2007, 11:07:40 PM
Hi!  I'm not sure if I'm posting in the proper forum; but I've been offered my first writing job covering a travel/tourism related blog for the city I live in; I'm terribly excited; and of course most of my research will be hands on in the field of course.

I'm thinking of researching the cities' history, travel/tourism related statistics; and special events to write about; but would like to ask if anyone possibly might have ideas for research material that I might consider?

 I'm a self-taught writer with a natural knack for what I write - which is usually short story, poetry & prose; this style of writing is definitely a challenge for me.

I would appreciate any help.  Thank you.
Molly
Title: Re: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: Big T on March 05, 2007, 12:06:40 AM
I don't know what you have already ... some suggestions off the top of my head ... discard if covered/not useful

What is of interest around/near to the city. Is there something visitors should not miss? Organised tours available?
What is unique about the place and its people?
Travel info how to get around
Places to stay - different price ranges
Restaurants/Nightlife/Theatres/Cinemas
Interests for children (different age groups)
Markets/Shops (where and for what - timings)
Locally produced items/handicrafts (souvenier hunters)
Nature trails/hiking paths/Parks/Areas of natural beauty/Ecotourism potential
Sports and fitness facilities/spas/Gyms
Convenient places for the handicapped/elderly to visit

That's about it. I am sure others can add more.

T

Title: Re: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: jeff on April 24, 2007, 07:17:14 AM
I've just found a great site for character names:

http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/

It's aimed (as far as I can tell) for people playing role play games, but it should be useful for anyone writing stories based in either medieval or fantasy worlds.
Title: Re: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: Allie on April 24, 2007, 04:32:40 PM
I've found a great site for stories set in earlier times (not too much earlier, as I think it starts in the 1920s, but still useful). It's www.thepeoplehistory.com. :)
Title: Re: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: jeff on May 02, 2007, 12:02:11 PM
If you've got any questions about space travel, life sciences or astronomy then you can ask at:

http://nai.arc.nasa.gov/astrobio/index.cfm
Title: Re: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: jeff on May 02, 2007, 12:04:52 PM
You can ask scientific questions at:

http://www.madsci.org/

But be warned, they'll only answer if it's  pretty specific and not something you could find via google.
Title: Re: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: Tiggywinkle on May 09, 2007, 12:40:31 PM
I've just found a great site for character names:

http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/

It's aimed (as far as I can tell) for people playing role play games, but it should be useful for anyone writing stories based in either medieval or fantasy worlds.

Thanks so much for this link Jeff.  I've been tearing my hair trying to think of some Anglo Saxon names that a modern reader would be able to get their tongue around.  Most of the genuine ones they wouldn't.   Tolkein must have had the same problem but was rather more adept than I am at solving it ;D
Title: Re: Useful Websites for Research:
Post by: bonsibabe on July 29, 2007, 04:47:48 PM
I am researching my family tree and have found that for war graves and general information on the wars the commonwealth war graves commission site is a real mine of information.  If looking for individuals, it is priceless (and free!).

It can be found at www.cwgc.org