Posted in September 2011

New Database: eMarketer

New Database: eMarketer

Of all the research struggles that communication faculty and students face, probably the most visible is the lack of authoritative, quantitative information on current topics of social media. Social media studies, as a subset or overlap of general media studies, is a rapidly expanding field of scholarly inquiry. Certainly it’s very possible today to find … Continue reading

FAQs: Comparing Communication Databases

FAQs: Comparing Communication Databases

I’m gathering articles for a class assignment and don’t know whether to use Communication Abstracts or Communication & Mass Media Complete for my initial search. What’s the practical difference between these two databases? *** This is a great question that I typically get from students who are new to communication studies,  but which is actually … Continue reading

New Database: First Street

New Database: First Street

It’s been a little slow on the blog front this week. September is busy season for librarians at AU, what with the rise in in-class instruction sessions and requests for early semester research help. Certainly my on-campus schedule has taken a turn for the hectic — so you can imagine it takes a pretty awesome … Continue reading

Cool Tool: Google Public Data Explorer

Cool Tool: Google Public Data Explorer

Data visualization is a popular topic of conversation within the world of higher education, and a fast-growing area of research within (and across) several seemingly disparate disciplines. Within communication, for example, data visualization brings together issues highly relevant to familiar topics of visual communication, political communication, film studies, journalism, and mass media history — and … Continue reading

Database of the Month: Social Explorer

Database of the Month: Social Explorer

Social Explorer is relatively new online resource, designed to provide users with quick, visual access to large amounts of census data and U.S. demographic information. Updated continuously and with coverage going back to 1790, Social Explorer is a useful illustrative tool for communication classes focused on either contemporary or historical issues of media and society … Continue reading

FAQs: Measuring Journal Impact

FAQs: Measuring Journal Impact

I’m putting together my tenure file and need quantitative information on the impact and relative disciplinary importance of a few journals in which I’ve published. What’s my best option for proceeding? *** I get this question a lot, both directly from SOC faculty and when I’m working at the reference desk during the summer. Like … Continue reading

Guest Post: Tips for Researching Science Information

Guest Post: Tips for Researching Science Information

In today’s fast-paced world of information, it’s impossible for one person to have all the answers. Accordingly, this blog features occasional guest posts by librarians, academics, and other information seekers — each with stories to tell and great tips to share. Today’s invited guest author is Rachel Borchardt — Science Librarian at American University, and … Continue reading