Today marks an important day for lovers of world literature. Bookselling Without Borders is launching a Kickstarter campaign that will serve as an ongoing scholarship fund to send American independent booksellers to international book fairs. The project’s aim is for US booksellers to become bigger advocates for universal voices in their local communities. It’s a crucial mission, since in the US, only 3 percent of books published come from international authors. That’s far behind the global average.
Every summer, it’s the same thing. I make a bucket list, either in my head or on paper. In addition to getting to the beach and visiting my favorite ice cream spot, it usually includes an unreasonable amount of books from my TBR pile I hope to get through. I forget that summer no longer means I’m “out of school” and will have a ton of “free time” on my hands. Still, I always fall into the same trap.
As book lovers, we all know that public libraries are one of our greatest resources. And for those who hold a New York Public Library card, the benefits just got a lot better. Earlier this month, the NYPL announced that art house streaming service Kanopy, featuring thousands of independent films, documentaries, and classic films from the Criterion Collection, is available to all library patrons for no additional charge.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".