Welcome to ResearchBuzz. This has been my online home since 1998. In 1996, I wrote the first edition of Official Netscape Guide to Internet Research. In 1998, when working on the second edition, I decided I wanted to a blog to keep up with the changes. That’s how ResearchBuzz got started. If you want more background on me here’s an interview with Robert Berkman.
18 years later it is, as you might expect, pretty much impossible to keep up with all the new resources in the world of search engines, online databases, digital archives, etc. But I try. I’ve got almost 150 Google Alerts and an RSS feed reader packed to bursting. Multiple times a week I post digests of what I find. You can see a list of the latest over on your right. You’re welcome to subscribe via e-mail (also over on the right) or grab the RSS feed (the RSS feeds are full-text.)
If you’re more interested only in specific topics, please check out The ResearchBuzz Firehose, which is items posted individually instead of in digest. I’ve written an article explaining how you can use it to monitor your topics of interest without having to go through a lot of extraneous material.
I also publish articles about how to find things and do things online. Here’s a list of the latest, newest ones at the top.
- Anatomy of an Information Trap, Part I: Starting From Scratch.
- Don’t Be A Snob About Searching the Web: A Cautionary Tale
- Keeping Up With Reddit — Use IFTTT, Not Google Alerts
- Focusing Your Searches With Specialized Vocabulary
- Strategies for Low-Stress Web Monitoring
- What Color Is This Google Query?
- Are You Missing Bloglines? Here’s a Possible Fix
- Fun with Searches: Internet Movie Databases
- IFTTT and Flickr: Making a Tool for Mixing the Commons.
- Limit Your Google Search to Official US State Web Sites
And I will post other types of articles occasionally. Like these:
- Radians College: What Is Going On With that Web Site?
- Do Newspaper Archives Need a “Dead Man’s Switch”?
- The Strange Beauty of Donald Shakestrump
- Google Web Search is Starting to Suck
- Where “Confidential To” Comes From (If you’re my friend on Facebook and you’ve been wondering.)
- Five Improvements to Make Buffer Better Than Cheese Fries.
- Please Don’t Like Us On Facebook (Because There’s No Damned Point)
- How Yahoo Stabbed Itself in the Heart in 2001.
- What’s With This “Rent Out Your Facebook Account” Craigslist Ad?
- Why I Love Pocket
- Quit Trying to be the Next Google, Dammit!
- Quit Trying to Be the Next Google Dammit, Pt. 2: The Goal Should Be An Internet That Makes Us Better Humans
If you dig what I do, please consider supporting me on Patreon. And remember: everything on the site is CC BY-NC-SA. If you want to reprint an article or a resource writeup for your class or in your nonprofit’s newsletter, it’s cool as long as you give attribution. If you want to put it on your site and slap ads all over it, or put it in a magazine with advertising, that’s not cool.
I hope you enjoy the site, and I hope in browsing it you find resources that are useful to you and will make your life better. Thanks for visiting.