Research Tools


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




Booksellers and Reviews


Book Reviews


Broadcast Sources






Governing, Regulating, Human Rights Organizations (by Region)






Central America






Middle East


North America




United States of America

Excecutive Branch

Judicial Branch

Legislative Branch


South America


South Pacific


Investigative Journalism



Archives and Indexes

High Profile Academic Journals










Archives and Indexes


High Profile Daily Newspapers




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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