Feb
23
2014
1

How do I Find Dead, Cached and Archived Websites and Screenshots when Wayback doesn’t have them?

How far back do you want to go? (Wikimedia image, CC-BY)You know about the Internet Archive already, affectionately nicknamed the Wayback Machine. It’s a sort of wonderful, sort of miserable resource with an enormous amount of old content, an enourmous amount of stuff that you wish was there, but isn’t, and an enormous amount that deceptively appears to be available except it’s not, all explored [&hel[more...]

Mar
31
2013
0

Where Can I Get Some Good, Cheap Research Done?

A typical Uclue researcher (Flickr Commons, no copyright restrictions)Everyone’s a researcher, whether you realize it or not. When you buy a new car (or computer, or house, or pair of shoes) you research the options, the prices, the best place to shop. When you go to college, you research the school’s reputation for your field of interest, overall academics and, of course, its [&hel[more...]

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Apr
24
2012
1

What happened to Google Answers?

question-and-answerGoogle Answers was a Question and Answer service operated by Google Inc. Customers could post a question and select a price. If a Google Answers Researcher could provide the answer, the researcher was paid 75% of the question price. History During August 2001, Google briefly provided a service called Google Questions and Answers where a Google employee would [&hel[more...]

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Jul
27
2009
0

What good general-purpose Internet search engines are there other than Google?

Mykl Roventine photo. CC-BY.Those of us who have been using the World Wide Web for a dozen years or more can remember how incredible Google was when it first rose to popularity — it finally became possible to find what you wanted on the web, and quickly. Google became the powerhouse it is today because what it did [&hel[more...]

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Jul
18
2009
0

Where Can I Find Free Newspaper Archives Online for College Newspapers?

This is what mom wants you to believe (Flickr Commons - NKCR)Exactly what were mom and dad doing back in their college days?  Seeking new knowledge in the library, or sneaking out the dorm for a midnight rendezvous?  Getting stoked for the big game, or getting a secret smoke behind the gym? I can’t tell you all the details, but maybe with a bit of prompting, you can get [&hel[more...]

Jul
14
2009
2

Where Can I Find Free Newspaper Archives Online for Australia and New Zealand?

Australian Infantryman (Flickr Commons NKCR)Quezi, I am told, is Australian slang for question, as in, ‘scuse me, mate, I’ve got a quezi for ya’. Don’t believe me?  Try looking up the history of the word in old newspaper archives.  There are a number of free online newspaper archives covering Australia and New Zealand.  Here are the major ones you [&hel[more...]

Jul
12
2009
4

Where Can I Find Free Newspaper Archives Online for Canada?

Canadian Rockies (Flickr Commons, PD)Online newspaper archives are a wonderful source for researching your ancestors, studying history, learning more about your family, hometown or roots, or simply browsing to learn what was happening in day-to-day life in earlier times. There are some wonderful free newspaper archives online covering history and news in Canada. Did I mention they’re free? Take a look! Canadian [&hel[more...]

May
07
2009
16

Where Can I Find Free Newspaper Archives Online in the UK?

George III (portrait by Allan Ramsay - PD-EXP)There are literally billions of pages of newspaper archives available online.  Only a small portion of them are from the UK, and a still smaller portion can be viewed for free.  Nonetheless, the few free archives that are available from England, Scotland and Ireland are a rich source of history writ large and small. Here [&hel[more...]

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Feb
21
2009
1

Do experts ever change their minds?

Change of mind (photo by closelyobserved.com - CC-BY)It takes a lot to get a politican to change their mind. After all, Gordon Brown still considers his management of the British economy to have been prudent. And sometimes it seems that it’s even harder to elicit a change of mind from someone who is an entrenched expert in their field. Every year the [&hel[more...]

Feb
17
2009
1

What is an Ig Nobel Prize?

Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony 2006 (photo by Jeff.Dlouhy - CC-BY)Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded each year by an organization called Improbable Research. They honor research which first makes you laugh, then makes you think. Serious research about oddball topics, in other words. They like to celebrate the unusual and imaginative, and get people interested in science and technology, by honoring real achievements that are [&hel[more...]

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