Controversy Discovery Engine

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Probe for the Darker Side" of your search topics !!!




  1. Type in your normal search term. Use quote for phrase. then
  2. Choose from synonyms for "controversy". Use CNTL to multi-select. You may need to click to focus on the list box. Choose NONE to ignore synonyms.
  3. Optionally, choose a form of support
  4. Click the search button. Your terms will be sent to Google as a combined query. However, your query might overflow a Google word limit.
  5. Browse query results for controversial topics. Note that you can edit the query on the Google page and resubmit for different results. Advanced search is also available for more refined search criteria.

Examples of controversial topics

Try these. Compare the main query then select expanded terms.

Credits and Caveats

This form and query are based on 2003 Book "Google Hacks by Tara Calishain and Rael Dornfest. The underlying concept of using Controversy to probe into the Analytic Web was explored in the 2004 experimental study "Do Search Engines Suppress Controversy?" article in "First Monday". The form was created by Susan L. Gerhart in 2005.

Here are a few caveats:

Revised: May 31, 2008 and March 21, 2020 by Susan L. Gerhart