Research Assistant

Research Assistant

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Job Description

Hello...

I'm rewriting and expanding a book I wrote 15 years ago about children and violence in the United States.

The job: I need all statistics in the book updated to bring the book up to date.

For example:

1. Current Text
Nineteen million toy guns were sold in the United States in 1986. A year later that number jumped 73.7% to 33 million sold.
Updating Question:
How many toy guns were sold in the latest year in which data was collected?

2. Current Text:
Sales of war toys have risen over 500% from 1986 -1990 to well over a billion
dollars a year.
Updating Question:
What is the current figure for sales of war toys?

3. Current Text:
Despite the fact that the winter holiday season celebrates life and light, in the past decade more than half of the best-selling toys and games during that season have been various types of war toys.
Updating Question:
What percentage of the bestselling toys this past Christmas were war toys?

4. Current text:
Make sure your children understand these five important ideas about television, explained in “Children and Television,” Media&Values No. 52-53, Fall/Winter 1991:
o We help create TV as we watch it.
o TV’s world is made up.
o TV teaches us that some people and ideas are more important than others.
o TV keeps doing the same things over and over again.
o TV is in business to make money.
Updating Question:
See if there’s an updated version of this that contains the list above.

Along with the answers to the Updating Questions I'll need to have all url, book, newspaper, etc. citations for each Updating Question answered.

After this project is finished, it is quite possible there will be more research work as I am working on several books at once.

Please let me know how much you charge and what your time frame will be. I need to finish this book as soon as I can. If you'd like to answer one of the above questions so I can see if we are a good fit, please go right ahead.

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you.

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Skills: research, rewriting