12 September 2011

Options for searching this blog

Here are a few different methods to use to search this blog:

1. Browse by subject label: These are now displayed in the navigation bar on the right. I index every post with subject terms from the International Thesaurus of Refugee Terminology (ITRT) (which hasn't been updated in a while, but that's a topic for a different post!). If there is one term in particular that captures a particular issue of interest, then a good way to look for relevant references is to browse by that subject term. See, for example, "development induced displacement," "gender-based persecution" or "country of origin conditions." This is certainly not a fail-safe method for identifying all relevant posts; Blogger sets a limit on the number of labels that can be assigned for each post, so I am not able to apply all potentially relevant terms. But the most significant ones are.

2. Site search: The ability to add labels only became available in 2007, so posts from Nov. 2005 through Jan. 2007 do not include them (I began using labels in Feb. 2007). Moreover, not all subjects are covered by the Thesaurus; "protracted displacement" is just one example. To retrieve references to this issue, particularly those from pre-2007, you can conduct a search using the site search box in the navigation bar on the right. Once your results are displayed, you can choose to "sort them by date."

3. Google search: Another option is to use Google's general search engine; you can configure your search query as follows: keyword site:fm-cab.blogspot.com. Substitute "keyword" for your search term; for example: protracted site:fm-cab.blogspot.com. This option is useful because you can take advantage of Google's various search features.  

For your convenience, I will insert a link to this post next to the site search box (see "etc."). Then you can be reminded more quickly about the various alternative search options!

*NOTE: This post was updated on 24 Oct. 2016.

[Image credit: "Looking for a needle," HikingArtist.com (Flickr, 2009)]

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