Posted in January 2012

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

Database of the Month: ComAbstracts (CIOS)

Database of the Month: ComAbstracts (CIOS)

It’s January 2012, folks. A brand new year. A brand new semester. And the perfect time to highlight a brand new database purchased specifically for communication majors! (Well, it’s not a bad time at least.) ComAbstracts (CIOS) is an OpenURL-enabled database of article abstracts, books, bibliographic records, and other sources of relevance to researchers, scholars, … Continue reading