April 13 2017 Research Notes


Install Firefox

Add a new function: "Open Multiple URLS"


Opens a list of multiple URLs from a supplied list of URLS, in plain text format.

Put this in one column:


Put the names of the publications with + instead of "space" in the next column.

Copy and paste both columns here:


NOte: Is there a python command module that can do this?

COmbine them by "finding" the tab and "replacing" with nothing.

It is better to do this in a text editor Like NOtepad++ or TextWrangler but this is the best alternative I could find.

actions for "find and replace" in a text editor to prepare the data for the FirefOx link add-on:

Step 1 – prepare URL string by creating TreeSearch compatible search query: Find "space" and replace with with "+"

Step 2 – prepare URL string by combining TreeSearch text query with compatible search string: Find "tabs" (five spaces) and replace with "nothing" (i.e., delete all tabs so you have one continuous string)

The desired outcome is a whole list of URL search strings that look like this:


Copy and paste all that into a new Notepad (plain text document)

Save it.

Copy and paste all that plain text into your Firefox add-on.

You should see a result that matches your search string. There may be a few, rely on your human brain to choose the right one.

COpy and past the URL for teh correct result. For the example above, that is the following URL:


Scroll all the way back (left arrow on your browser tabs in Firefox)

Start copying and pasting URLs.

Ctrl+W as you go along will close each tab as you proceed through.

You might encounter some hitches. Example:


Possibly failed due to non-coded parenthetical.

Executing the search again, with the problem character removed (paranthetical in this case, yeilds success)



Note "NA" if your automated search (and attempt at fixing problem searches, as above) did not retrieve results.

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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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