Eleanor called my attention to the fact that ECCO provides a list of the most common search terms by quarter. When I looked this up, I found that the most frequent search term last quarter was “Gold,” with 5981 searches. The next most popular searches were
Sleep (5829 searches)
America (3110 searches)
Woman (2520 searches)
Our ongoing discussion of searching methods in Burney (made possible by free access to the Burney Collection of Newspapers through October 30 via http://access.gale.com/emob) has been productive and will, I hope, continue. As we discuss Burney, I am also curious how best to approach searching ECCO. Do these search terms—“Gold,” “Sleep,” “America,” “Woman”—tell us anything about how scholars search ECCO? Are there particular methods that work?