The Early Modern Commons

Search Results for "Writing Methods"

Your search for posts with tags containing Writing Methods found 5 posts

Born-Digital Publishing

Brown University’s Digital Publications Initiative is organizing an NEH Institute on Born-Digital Scholarly Publishing: Resources and Roadmaps in summer 2022. Professors, post-doctoral researchers, and independent scholars working in Digital Humanities...

Dissertation Writing

The Chronicle of Higher Education has published a piece on dissertation writing with some simple, straightforward advice: Write! The advice piece suggests that “there is only one fail-safe method, one secret, one guaranteed trick that you need in...

Roger Ebert and the Art of Film Reviewing

Pulitzer prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert has died following a battle with cancer. Ebert was the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than three decades, as well as co-host of the popular television show At the Movies. Ebert got his start...

Jane Goodall Plagiarism Accusations

World-famous primatologist Jane Goodall has been accused of committing plagiarism in her new book, Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder From the World of Plants. Goodall’s book apparently uses passages from various internet sites, including Wikipedia,...

Plagiarism and Patriotism

This weekend, a new exhibit is opening at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. The opening prompts a reflection on one of the founders of that museum and its former President, historian Stephen E. Ambrose. Ambrose was a best-selling author...

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:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s={search term or phrase}

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

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s=london

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

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s=Gunpowder%20Plot&exact=on

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.