Vikingdom, Thor, and History Channel Vikings celebrate history and mythology (while making it up)

Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

If you haven’t heard of Thor: The Dark World, you probably don’t watch television, and you’re one of the few people who missed Marvel’s Avengers when it topped the box office last year. But while the Marvel film might have top the charts, it’s not the only Viking-inspired film to hit screens big and small. It is, however, probably the film least expected to resemble anything from history. Vikingdom, a Malaysian film that was released in the U.S. October 4, has faced some controversy about whether it’s truly based on Viking mythology, and the hit scripted mini-series on the History Channel, Vikings, was both praised and derided for its fictional elements. How true to history does any Viking inspired film or series need to be? Read more

Writing research papers: Economics research paper topics and resources

Economic research

Economic research

When writing research papers you need all the help you can get. That seems to go double when scouring economics research paper topics for your paper. If you have a due date looming ahead, don’t panic. Get started. Here are some tips and resources to help you create a stunning research paper.

Research paper writing begins at Questia

The best place to start your planning and research is at Questia, the Internet’s largest online library of full-text books and articles. When you get there, browse the library and select Economics and Business from the list of topics. Subcategories here include: Read more

International terrorism attacks spread to Westgate Mall Kenya

Westgate Mall, Kenya

Westgate Mall, Kenya

The attack at Westgate Mall Kenya on Saturday, September 21, 2013, was quickly deemed a terrorist attack by that country’s government. International terrorism attacks are nothing new, but this latest violence, which lasted three days, seems to be different due to some reports that indicate the victims and attackers comprised people from the U.S. and U.K. Now we are left to determine what drove radicals from the U.S. and U.K. to such violence and whether or not this is the beginning of a new sort of global terror. Read more

Crowdfunding academic research — Funding projects through the Internet

CrowdfundingIt seems like wherever you turn today in tech news there is another successful crowdfunding story. Funding projects through the Internet has garnered a great deal of attention because of platforms such as Kickstarter. But can the same idea for generating money to give small businesses or creative types a head start work for academic research as well? Some universities and researchers are testing the waters as increased competition and decreasing federal funding leave academia searching for ways to pay for their scholarly endeavors. Read more

Law journals discuss court cases on diversity in the classroom

U.S. Supreme Court building.

U.S. Supreme Court building

Racial diversity on college campuses has had a lengthy judicial history. Several cases have upheld or struck down affirmative action used in college admissions policies. Law journals and civil liberties organizations are weighing in on the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas. Some, including an author in Vanderbilt Law Review, are still debating whether race should even be a factor in admissions policies and if diversity really does enhance a study body.

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How to write many types of poetry: Top 5 creative writing tips


Poetry (Photo credit: V. H. Hammer)

Few assignments create the shudder of anxiety that seems to come with writing poetry. What should I write about? Does it have to rhyme? What, exactly, is iambic pentameter? How many different types of poetry are there, exactly? The good (and bad) news about poetry is that it can really be in any format and about any subject — the key is finding a way to express your feelings without coming off as cheesy, overly sentimental or sarcastic…unless, of course, that is what you are going for. If you need some help in this area, just follow these creative writing tips and learn how to write poetry that will impress even the harshest of critics (ahem, your professor).  Read more

Unleash your inner artist — Top creative writing tips

Creative writingLooking to unleash your inner artist? Putting pen to paper, or who are we kidding, fingers to keyboard, can be rewarding. But discovering the untapped poet or novelist inside of you can also be hard work. If you truly want to develop your talent with words, try these creative writing tips.

Start with the basics

If you are searching for a bit of creative fulfillment, writing can certainly fit the bill. But most professional wordsmiths will tell you that getting started can be the hardest part of the process. Read more

More free time: Tech gadgets and time management tools to help students get more done

Time managementLast summer I told you about several tech gadgets that you should definitely consider adding to your arsenal of tools. Now I want to let you in on some exciting new tech gadgets, time management tools, and helpful apps for college students that will help make you more efficient and give you more free time.

Tech time management tools

If there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day, then it’s time to get serious about time management. Calendars and to-do lists are a great way to start and there are plenty of tech solutions to help you. Read more

Tactical tricks for becoming a better writer

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For some the writing process is cathartic, while for others it’s more like torture. As a college student, having good writing skills is more critical for certain majors than others. However, once college is over, to compete in today’s job market, good writing skills aren’t an elective — they are a MUST. We could all use a lesson or two on how to brush up on our writing. Here are some useful tips on how to become a better writer. Read more

Cinco de Mayo history, food and celebrations: Find out more about this popular Mexican holiday

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Performers at the US White House celebration of Cinco de Mayo May 4, 2007 

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that has come to be synonymous in America with margaritas, Mexican food and an all around good time. But how much do you actually know about Cinco de Mayo history? For instance, what does Cinco de Mayo commemorate? If you’re not certain, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of these fun facts about this spring date, discover popular Cinco de Mayo celebrations and learn how to make some authentic Mexican fare. ¡salud!

Five facts about Cinco de Mayo

True, Cinco de Mayo is over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t brush up on your trivia and knowledge for next year. Here are 5 fun facts about this May holiday:

  1. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of El Día de la Batalla de Puebla or The Day of the Battle of Puebla — it does not commemorate Mexico’s Independence (this is on September 16). Read more