How to Use

How to Use BRANCH

This site is constructed so as to provide multiple ways of accessing the content: by using the timeline; by scrolling the list of contributors, by topic clusters, and by way of the carousel of recent and noteworthy articles.


To scroll the timeline, you can either: 1) click on the timeline and move your mouse to the right or left; users with Multi-Touch mouses can just swipe the mouse while the cursor is over the timeline; 2) you can double-click either on the main band or the lower band of decades; the timeline will jump to the point where you double-clicked.

To search for a specific item, use the filter below the timeline.  The ‘highlight’ fields allow you to highlight events on the timeline that include the designated term.

When you reach a date, you can click on any text within the timeline. A bubble will appear with a short description of the event, after which you’ll see a list of articles that address the event, or related events. If the article has a live link, you can click it to reach the article.  Articles without a live link have already been peer reviewed and are on the their way but are still undergoing revision and copy-editing.


You can also look up authors alphabetically.  Articles will appear gradually over the next two years.  A live link means the article has now been peer reviewed, revised, and copy-edited.


Topic Clusters will be updated dynamically as new articles are published in BRANCH.


The Carousel only includes recent or noteworthy articles.


Each article has a stable URL (a permalink), making it very easy to incorporate content into course syllabi.