Filed under political communication

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

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

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

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

New Database: Naver News Library

New Database: Naver News Library

Increasingly, AU students and faculty are expressing an interest in getting access to foreign-language materials, and particularly foreign-language newspapers. Naver News Library is a new database that helps to address this interest. Naver News Library is a full-text database of Korean newspapers, including Dong-A Ilbo, Kyunghyang Shinmun, and the Maeil Business Newspaper. One nice feature … Continue reading

Greetings & Welcome, SOC

This post marks the launch of the new Communication Librarian blog, formerly the “SOC Librarian Update.” In response to feedback from faculty, students, and fellow librarians, the new blog will include not only announcements related to library events and databases, but also links to news stories, videos, studies, projects, and other items of unique interest … Continue reading