Not too long ago, we told you about Dipity, a web-based timeline construction site. We still think Dipity is a great tool, but we also like another web-based timeline tool, TimeGlider. Both provide free options for constructing interactive multimedia timelines and offer premium services for a fee.
TimeGlider includes a unique feature of particular interest to social researchers. Its New York Times Explorer enables users to create a dynamic timeline of Times coverage of any topic from any range of dates between 1981 and 2011. This is an incredibly easy way to assess quickly changing news priorities or shifting language around particular issues, or to quickly orient yourself to a particular historical topic.
Play around with it and see what you can find. Here’s a timeline of NYT crime coverage we put together in less than 20 seconds.