About The Cafe Scholar
Hi! I’m Joy, the nerd behind The Cafe Scholar! I blog about study skills, writing awesome research papers, apps and tools for students, and productivity.
The idea for this blog came from my first semester as an adjunct professor. I was teaching a required freshman course, and I soon realized that many of my students didn't show up to college with the skills they needed to succeed. Also, there are so many great tools out there – for everything from task management to research to formatting paper citations! – that my students didn't know about. We didn't have time to cover these resources very much in class, but I kept thinking, “if only I had all these resources in one place!” I started The Cafe Scholar blog to create the tool I wish I could have provided for my students that first semester. With the help of my fellow professors and graduate students, I hope to make it easier for us to all study smarter, not harder!
10 Fun Facts about Joy:
2. I don’t drink coffee. (Yes. I study at Starbucks. And I don’t drink coffee. Hot tea or iced tea with Stevia all the way!)
3. My favorite kitchen appliance is the crock pot.
4. I love The Hunger Games series! (both books and movies!)
5. I am a Materials Manager by day, Adjunct Professor & grad student by night, and blogger by…well, the times in between.
6. I am collecting alphabet soup! I currently have collected these letters:BA, MDIV, SPSM (and SPSM2, but 2 isn’t a letter!), and I hope to add MA and PhD to the mix! Areas of specialization: Islam, Muslim-Christian Relations, Christian Theology, Biblical Studies, Intercultural Communication.
7. I am on a mission…to pay for my alphabet soup. Student loans, watch out! You’re going down! Hear more about my journey to pay off debt soon!
8. I am a word nerd. I love to read and write, I think research papers are cool, and one of my favorite games is Bananagrams! I used my word nerd superpower (and an awesome program called Magoosh!) to get a perfect score on the verbal section of the GRE last year!
9. I play the French Horn. Doesn’t that speak for itself?
10. I love Evernote so much that I became an Evernote Community Leader!
How to Find Good Scholarly Sources This post is part of “The Cafe Scholar’s Guide to Writing a Research Paper” series, which walks you through the process of writing awesome research papers step by step from start to finish. When you are done finding great scholarly...
I use Evernote as an electronic version of the note card system. I can keep track of much more data, categorize the same quote multiple ways, organize in different ways until I find the best fit, and carry it with me wherever I go. No 3 x 5 cards required! The best part is that this data is fully searchable!
Does your professor require you to write a research paper proposal a few weeks into the semester? S If your professor doesn’t require a research paper proposal, you should write one anyways! Here’s why: The purpose of a research paper proposal is to help…