Affordable Genealogy Research

I’ve been interested in genealogy ever since a childhood 4-H project, where I carefully wrote each ancestor’s name above a colored rhinestone on a poster. And even now, I enjoy exploring the details of historical records, asking for stories, and helping others find out more about their families. But…

Expert Google Searching

Once we understand that search engines can’t do everything, we can look at what search engines can do. Since most of us use Google, I’ll start with a few ways to zoom in on useful information and ignore the rest. Searching on Google Find a specific phrase with “…

Text mining newspaper articles

Earlier this semester, I met with a student looking for ways to easily analyze news articles and social media. For anonymity purposes, we’ll say that Anna* was researching girl scout cookies*. Everyone loves Samoas, am I right? Now some librarians look up a topic before a student arrives, so that they have…