We all use the web for secondary research. And no matter what topic we're researching, the method is usually the same: sift through countless browser tabs of Google searches, Wikipedia pages, publications, blogs, news articles, and PDFs.


Research on the web browser tabs galore - secondary research on the web.


For a developer, it's easy to build programs and apps that automate repetitive research tasks, like analyzing PDF's from a medical journal, or pulling articles from wikipedia. But what about the rest of us?

Blockspring empowers anyone, regardless of technical know-how, to do speedy secondary research. Let's show you how!

Analyzing content from PDF documents

In this video, we'll show you how to search for articles by topic, find PDFs within webpages, read those PDFs, and then analyze and visualize their contents.

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Pulling articles from Wikipedia

Let's learn how to rapidly pull articles from Wikipedia right from your spreadsheet. We'll search for articles given a topic, then for a specific article find related categories.

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Digging into the news

In this video, we'll find a trending topic on Twitter. Then, given the topic, we'll find recent Tweets, historical NYT articles, and recent news.

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Contribute to the Community

Blockspring lets people instantly access web services from their spreadsheet. Do you know of an amazing data source that's not on Blockspring yet?

If so, let me know at paul@blockspring.com. Or if you're a programmer, check out how the New York Times Article Search function works, and try adding the data source to Blockspring on your own!

And for our Blockspring enterprise users, your internal APIs can be added to your corporate Blockspring library just as easy as these external data sources. Contact your Blockspring support team learn more.

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