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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

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

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

Cool Tools: Newspaper Map

Cool Tools: Newspaper Map

One of the more recent trends I’ve noticed in both start-ups and educational websites is the innovative use of Google Maps APIs. Google Maps API Family website Mapping APIs are attractive to both businesses and educators for a variety of reasons — not the least of which is the general capacity of maps to display … Continue reading