Mark Davies of Brigham Young University has taken the 100 million words published in Time Magazine from 1923-2006 and created a site that allows any researcher to explore trends over time (so to speak). Although oriented toward those interested in linguistic evolution, virtually any topic (such as the rise and fall of coverage of “race relations,” shown here) can be examined. Results of searches can be numerical or charted (as shown above). In addition, users of the site can click through to see specific Time Magazine articles that relate to any search result.
If you work in twentieth-century history, is this a resource that you can imagine using? If you do not work in the twentieth century, can you imagine taking advantage of such a tool based on your own source material? If so, how? What would make such a tool more attractive? (You may wish to look at other digital research collections Davies has created, such as the Corpus del Español or the Corpus do Português.)
Please feel free to comment on the design of this site as well, and on any particular feature (or missing feature) that caught your eye.