Relevant Literature

Boyd, D. (2008). How can qualitative internet researchers define the boundaries of their projects: A response to Christine Hine. Internet inquiry: Conversations about method. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 26-32.

Brubaker, J. R., Kivran-Swaine, F., Taber, L., & Hayes, G. R. (2012). Grief-Stricken in a Crowd: The Language of Bereavement and Distress in Social Media. Proceedings of ICWSM 2012. (interesting use of sentiment analysis)

Karpf, D. (2012). Social science research methods in Internet time. Information, Communication & Society, 15(5), 639-661.

Pang, B., & Lee, L. (2008). Opinion mining and sentiment analysis. Foundations and trends in information retrieval, 2(1-2), 1-135.

Rendgen, S., Wiedemann, J., Ciuccarelli, P., Wurman, R. S., Rogers, S., & Holmes, N. (2012). Information graphics. Taschen.

Ruths, D. and Pfeffer, J. (2014). Social media for large studies of behavior. Science, 28 November 2014: 346(6213), 1063-1064.

Tufekci, Z. (2014). Big questions for social media big data: Representativeness, validity and other methodological pitfalls. Proceedings of ICWSM 2014.

Yau, N. (2012). Visualize This!. John Wiley & Sons. 


Relevant Media Sources

Computational Linguistics Reveals How Wikipedia Articles Are Biased Against Women

Feminist Writers are So Besieged by Online Abuse That Some Have Begun to Retire

In Reply: My Reflections on Comments About Our Research on Black Twitter

The Internet is Full of Men Who Hate Feminism. Here’s What They’re Like in Person.


USC’s Black Twitter Study Draws Criticism

Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet


Tools, References, & Tutorials for Working with Social Media Data




How to Ethically and Responsibly Identify Gender in Large Datasets

An introduction to text analysis with Python, Part 3 (sentiment analysis)

If This Then That (IFTTT)

Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC)


Sentiment Analysis with Python NLTK Text Classification

Sentiment Viz: Tweet Sentiment Visualization


Twitter Application Management

Twitter Developers Terms of Use

Twitter Sentiment Analysis Using Python and NLTK

Visualizing the Twitter social graph, Part 1: Getting the data



Resources on Internet Research Ethics

Ethical Decision-Making and Internet Research: Recommendations from the AoIR Ethics Working Committee

Ethical Decision-Making and Internet Research: Recommendations from the AoIR Ethics Working Committee (Version 2.0)

Bruckman, A. (2014). Research Ethics and HCI. In Ways of Knowing in HCI, 449-468. Springer New York.

Bruckman, A. (2012). Interviewing members of online communities. In Hollingshead, A., & Poole, M. S. (Eds.), Research Methods for Studying Groups and Teams: A Guide to Approaches, Tools, and Technologies. New York, NY: Routledge, 199-210.

Eysenbach, G., & Till, J. E. (2001). Ethical issues in qualitative research on internet communities. Bmj, 323(7321), 1103-1105.

Sharkey, S., Jones, R., Smithson, J., Hewis, E., Emmens, T., Ford, T., & Owens, C. (2011). Ethical practice in internet research involving vulnerable people: lessons from a self-harm discussion forum study (SharpTalk). Journal of medical ethics, 37(12), 752-758.


Projects & Papers to Examine

Kapidzic, S., & Herring, S. C. (2014). Race, gender, and self-presentation in teen profile photographs. New Media & Society.



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