Using Social Media in your Social Science Projects


Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7:30pm to 8:30pm


Lamont Library, Room B30

Every day, we use social media to document our lives, observe our world, express what matters to us, and participate in civic life.

Increasingly, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, and economists are using these familiar tools to ask and answer research questions about how social institutions and social groups function. The data they gather from online communities can help them spot geographic trends, analyze current events, and propose solution to big problems.

You can use social media as a research tool, too, for projects big and small! Find out how in this 1-hour workshop.

We'll help you think about some easy ways to create and distribute research surveys on social media platforms and how to crowdsource public opinion for projects that you're working on. We'll "web scrape" content from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram about some current events and "listen in" to what it might tell us. And we'll consider how to do this work ethically and responsibly-and why that matters. 

Bring your laptop with you. 

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