Back to basics – searching the Web
- Edublogs.tv’s short How To films on basic and advanced search with Google.
- An interesting post of indeterminate age which, while it’s almost certainly not adequate for your purposes or mine, is a helpful way of conceptualising the range of different objectives scholars might have for a search. I’m going to use it as a template for a personal signpost to reference sources, replacing the various search tools and repositories it suggests with ones which better suit my needs.
- How to search Twitter
- I get a steady trickle of requests about how to find academic blogs on a given subject. As far as I know there is no definitive resource, and anyway academics don’t necessarily blog as academics while some non-academics blog academically. Might be better to come at your search from a different direction than the professional identity of the blogger. But maybe not – if you need to find a blog which is overtly academic, try:
- a directory, portal such as the AcademicBlogs wiki directory, BlogScholar.
- search an educational blogging host such as the Edublogs domain (on Google, put in your search term followed by site:edublogs.org) or WarwickBlogs (blogs hosted at the University of Warwick)
- searching for blogs by subject area e.g. ScienceBlogs.
- Try to find lists of prominent academic blogs, for example UniversityReviewsOnline, Currency Trading (economics blogs), and fan out from there
- Or find somebody else who is looking, like Scott McLemmee at Inside Higher Ed, and fan out from there.
- Any more ideas?