Research Tools

Welcome

One of the most subversive things we can do these days is to roll our own search engine. The reasons to do so are numerous. I find that doing so saves time, deprives massive corporate entities of my valuable attention and some of my data, and unleashes my inner amateur librarian to curate and organize my interests in a space that I control.

This list should be considered an open educational resource (see “CC-BY-4.0 License to Share” below), created by the author mainly for her own use. As such, I make no claims as to its comprehensiveness but do intend to continue expanding and nurturing it as my research evolves. Some lacuna are present. All mistakes in spelling or obsolete hyperlinks are mine.

 

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Index of Research Categories


 

Academic Resources

 

Archives

 

Booksellers and Reviews

Booksellers

Book Reviews

 

Broadcast Sources

 

Economics

 

Encyclopedias

 

Governing, Regulating, Human Rights Organizations (by Region)

 

Africa

 

Asia

 

Central America

 

Europe

 

International

 

Middle East

 

North America

Canada

Mexico

 

United States of America

Excecutive Branch

Judicial Branch

Legislative Branch

 

South America

 

South Pacific


 

Investigative Journalism

 

Journals

Archives and Indexes

High Profile Academic Journals

Topical

 

Libraries

 

Magazines

 

Museums

 

Newspapers

Archives and Indexes

 

High Profile Daily Newspapers

 

Reference

 

Research Software


 

Unrecoverable and As-Yet-Unrealized Sources

…But new materials are continually being scanned, and the same methods that build a compelling historical argument one year may undo the argument the next because of new fodder for the keyword searches. In some cases, the answers to historians’ questions may lie forever out of reach, because they were printed in very minor publications that will never be captured by Google or ProQuest; or printed in sources now lost, like the newspapers in the British Museum destroyed by a German bomb in World War II; or discussed orally without ever being printed anywhere; or printed and digitized but expressed in discourse whose semantics cannot be matched by Boolean searching of words and phrases.

Fred R. Shapiro, Yale Law School
Who Wrote The Serenity Prayer?
”The Chronicle Review” (May 2, 2014)


 

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