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Watching the Native Northeast Portal Grow

The Native Northeast Portal is still in early development but offers great promise. It addresses the challenge of how many primary-source documents about New England Native communities are unpublished, scattered, and difficult to access. As the website...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Jul 2018

February 5

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-Hampshire Gazette (February 6, 1768).“Williams & Stanwood Peruke Makers, Hair Cutters and Dressers.” In eighteenth-century America wigmakers and hairdressers...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 5 Feb 2018

March 28

GUEST CURATOR: Evan Sutherland What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? New-Hampshire Gazette (March 27, 1767).“CROWN Coffee-House.” According to Colonial Williamsburg, coffeehouses in the eighteenth century...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 28 Mar 2017


GUEST CURATOR: Ceara Morse What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? New-Hampshire Gazette (March 20, 1767).“Choice Green Coffee.” When it comes to choices of drink when thinking of the colonial and Revolutionary...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Mar 2017

December 26

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-Hampshire Gazette (December 26, 1766).“CROWN (Coffee-House.)” Isaac Williams launched a new venture for the new year, a “COFFEE-HOUSE, at the lower end of...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 26 Dec 2016

A Short Look at the Vita Brevis Blog

Recently I came across the Vita Brevis blog from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, “designed to offer the reader short essays by the Society’s expert staff on their own research as well as news of the greater genealogical community.”...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Sep 2014

Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.