FAQs: Understanding Television “Sweeps”

FAQs: Understanding Television “Sweeps”

“I’ll see you in May! For sweeps! That what’s we call spring cleaning in England!” — Wesley Snipes character, on 30 Rock As television watchers, we have all heard of the magical time known as “sweeps” — but what exactly is/are sweeps, and why is it such a hot word for folks in the entertainment … Continue reading

Library Links: Back for Summertime!

Library Links: Back for Summertime!

School’s out, and summer’s here! — at least in the AU Library. While mid-May marks the end of classes and beginning of vacation for most folks on my campus, here in CommLibrarian Land (e.g. my office) it means the kick-off of a new season of research, projects, and — time willing — regular blog posts. … Continue reading

From the Databases: Susan G. Komen Foundation

From the Databases: Susan G. Komen Foundation

We all know that the AU Library has a lot of databases — but how well do YOU know them and the types of information they contain?  Enter our new  “From the Databases” feature, where I highlight facts & snippets pulled exclusively from the Library’s online electronic resources. It’s good for your brain, and good … Continue reading

Research Case Studies: SOPA/PIPA “Blackout” Protest

Research Case Studies: SOPA/PIPA “Blackout” Protest

Today, January 18, is the official SOPA/PIPA “blackout” day — a voluntary protest in which various websites are censoring all or part of their online content in order to express their strong opposition to two pieces of proposed anti-piracy legislation: the Senate’s “Protest IP Act” (PIPA) and the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Prominent … Continue reading

Cool Tools: Google Politics & Elections

Cool Tools: Google Politics & Elections

We’re under an hour away from the official start of the Iowa Caucus, and the Internet is rightly abuzz with the latest polls, news updates, reports, and elections statistics. Election season is an exciting time for communication studies majors — all the more so for students at DC-area universities like American University. Consequently, it’s to … Continue reading