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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

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

FAQs: Researching the “Occupy” Movement

FAQs: Researching the “Occupy” Movement

I’m a communication studies student interested in doing a research project on Occupy Wall Street and related “Occupy” movements. What resources do you recommend I use to get started? *** Ah yes, the “Occupy” research challenge. This is a topic that I’ve been hearing about a lot from students this semester — and for good … Continue reading

Twitter Feeds for Communication Majors

Twitter Feeds for Communication Majors

To librarians at academic institutions across the country, it’s increasingly clear that microblogging tools like Twitter are changing the ways that people consume and communicate scholarly and professional information. Nowhere is this perhaps more evident than in the realm of communication studies— where scholars and practitioners alike are turning regularly to Twitter for everything from … Continue reading

Open Access Week with Guest Pat Aufderheide

Open Access Week with Guest Pat Aufderheide

It’s the last full week of October 2011. For many, this is a time of Halloween prep (or in the case of students, paper planning). However, for librarians and other information professionals around the world, it’s time for Open Access Week — an annual global event the promotes discussions of open access scholarship. Open access … Continue reading

Database of the Month: Gallup Brain

Database of the Month: Gallup Brain

In the world of polls and public data, few institutions have better name recognition than Gallup. This is primarily due to the historical relevance of the Gallup Poll, which has chronicled public reaction to key events and issues in the U.S. since the 1930s. At the same time, credit is also due to the Gallup … 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