ResearchBuzz Search Gizmos: Name Search

Contemporary Biography Builder -- Uses historical figure Wikipedia page information to build lifespan searches across Google Books, Internet Archive, Chronicling America, and the DPLA.

Carl's Name Net - Creates Web searches for name variants (takes Louisa May Alcott and searches for "Louisa May Alcott", "Louisa M Alcott", "LM Alcott", "Alcott Louisa May" etc.). Works for both two-name and three-name monikers. Covers Google, Google Books, Google Scholar, and Internet Archive.

The Anti-Bullseye Name Search - Most names in English are expressed in news articles and other places like this: Firstname Lastname, or possibly Firstname Middlename Lastname. However, it isn't the only pattern used when writing a name. TABNS takes a name and generates a Google search that searches for the name in reverse order (Lastname Firstname) and specifically excludes the most common expression of firstname lastname. It changes the tenor of the search results completely, surfacing many more legal- and data- based results.

Politician Parade (Twitter) - Allows you to add a state's House of Representatives members to a Twitter query. States with lots of members get multiple queries. Requires free ProPublica API key.

Politician Parade (Google News) - Allows you to add a state's House of Representatives members to a Google News query. States with lots of members get multiple queries. Requires free ProPublica API key.

Senator Social Slices (Twitter) - Senator Social Slices allows you to explore the TwitterSpace of the members of the current US Senate. You can filter the accounts searched by birth decade/generation, zodiac sign, gender, political party, percentage of votes missed, and percentage of time that senator voted against their party. Or you can ignore the filters and just search senatorial TwitterSpace. Requires free ProPublica API key.

Congressional Social Media Explorer - The ProPublica Congress API includes information about the social media of Congress members. This tool takes advantage of that to generate focused Google queries for a members' social media space. Specifically it will generate Google queries that will search across the member's Facebook posts, Facebook photos, Facebook videos, and Twitter posts. Requires free ProPublica API key.

What Is This?

The RB Gizmos are a collection of search tools made with JavaScript and HTML.

Why Is This?

Because I've been writing about searching and search engines since 1996 and I'm obsessed with them.