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

Research Case Studies: Carrier IQ & Smartphone Privacy

Research Case Studies: Carrier IQ & Smartphone Privacy

By now most of you have probably heard about the Carrier IQ, the “mobile service intelligence solutions” provider that generated a storm of controversy earlier this month for developing hidden software that logs user activity and relays it to wireless carriers, from personal text messages to Google searches. Interestingly enough, the story broke on November … 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

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