Controversy Discovery Engine
Probe for the Darker Side" of your search topics !!!
- Type in your normal search term. Use quote for phrase. then
- 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.
- Optionally, choose a form of support
- Click the search button. Your terms will be sent to Google as a combined query. However, your query might overflow a Google word limit.
- 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.
- "online learning" + controversy + evidence
- "federal deficit" + conflict + spat
- "wet macular degeneration" treatment" + evidence
- Mars life + opinion
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:
- The Controversy Discovery Engine is meant to help you start exploring a topic for controversies, opinions, evidence, and authorities by adding common synonym and useful extended terms. This will often drive your search into references to scholarly papers, including abstracts. As always, it's your responsibility to double check any facts or theories, especially because the expanded search terms may lead to pages with crack pot theories or diatribes.
- While this HTML form has worked for fifteen years, Google may change its search interface at any time. The search form was tested on FireFox, Brave, and Edge browsers on Windows 10in late March 2020. The form was created and tested with the free screen reader NVDA, also using VoiceOver on an iPad.
- This web page uses the simplest possible HTML, without styles, to p hermit easy modification. Try your own synonyms or terminology.
- Note: You might want to add a desktop shortcut to the location of this saved file. Use "Open with" for your browser of choice.
- Under Creative Commons terms, you are free to modify the HTML page for your own purposes as long as you reference twurl.com.
- Please report your experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revised: May 31, 2008 and March 21, 2020 by Susan L. Gerhart