Google Trends

Google Trends is also worth a look if your topic is one that is fairly topical. You can track over time the frequency in which a term is mentioned in searches, e.g. national curriculum. The best way to get an idea of what it does is to have a play. Google Trends can be accessed from the More menu and then select Even More. This facility would also fall under the new digital research method category. Google offers a useful account of how the software operates.