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Your search for posts with tags containing instruction found 9 posts

June 14

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “This mill was erected principally with a view of encouraging our own manufactures.” Although advertisements promoting local industry and encouraging “domestic...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 14 Jun 2020

Virtual Office Hours

This past week, several of the archaeologists partnered up with the Bibliographical Society of America to offer a webinar on the uses of AOR for remote teaching and research. Many thanks to Erin Schreiner for including us in the series, as well as for...
From: Archaeology of Reading on 26 Mar 2020

Eating Right in 1950s Educational Films

By Jonathan MacDonald There is a right way and a wrong way to do everything, or so argued the creators of Coronet Instructional Films. In their mission to educate American youth in the post-World War II decade, the Coronet film catalog made sure that...
From: The Recipes Project on 29 Jan 2019

Gun Cleaning. A personal Point Of View.

This post has been prompted by several posts on forums concerning the problems people are having with gun cleaning. Principally the cleaning of the barrel.All of the problems I have read about to date, to my thinking, seems to come from the use of modern...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 8 Dec 2018

Just get on with it already: Love’s Labour’s Lost

Love’s Labour’s Lost was my final comedy. I wasn’t sure I’d make it through all Shakespeare’s comedies, to be honest. There are 13 of them, by Norton’s classification, the most of any genre. Some of these plays are...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 12 Jan 2017


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 2, 1767).“He now teaches LATIN in his Grammar School.” At the turn of the new year, Walter Coningham sought students...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Jan 2017

August 1

What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago this week? Newport Mercury (August 11, 1766).“DIRECTIONS for making calcined or PEARL ASHES.” Advertisements associated with the potash industry appeared quite regularly in colonial...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 12 Aug 2016

How To Learn Primitive Skills.

I started learning primitive skills way back when I was a youngster. Of late several people have asked me where can they start to learn primitive skills. I have done a lot of research over the years, so difficult for me to remember where I got the information....
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 15 Jun 2013

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.