Posts by Category : Research

First Roadblock Scraping PDFs from ProQuest Historical Newspapers 3

Part of my dissertation research involves getting a giant corpus of newspaper articles from ProQuest Historical Newspapers. I need the editorial pages and A section from the Washington Post from 1946-1989 and from the Los Angeles Times from 1963-1989. I also need all of Paul Conrad's editorial cartoons from the LA Times for the same years since he was notorious for giving away originals and his archives don't have his complete body of work (unlike Herblock who never gave away an original in his life Read More

Jumping Back In: On taking a break and the fear of dissertating 0

So I haven't blogged in over a year mainly because I not only didn't have the time but also because I didn't have much new to say and both are because of the same reason: small child. In December of 2013 I gave birth to my beautiful Little Miss. I had just advanced to candidacy the summer before and had worked a bit on my dissertation during the Fall term while a Swann Foundation Fellow at the Library of Congress. But the trek to DC was difficult and uncomfortable while 7/8 months pregnant and Read More

Mommy, Where Do Data Sets Come From? 0

One of the big selling points of my dissertation is scale. Other historians and academics have looked at nuclear culture during the Cold War but have focused on discrete time periods, particular media, or certain manifestations of nuclear fear and anxiety. While my project is still only focusing on one particular form of media (in this case newspapers and their editorial cartoons) I am looking at all discourses on nuclear fear and anxiety during the full duration of the Cold War. I plan on accomplishing Read More

When Analog is Sometimes Better & You Can’t Always Trust Search Results 0

Last month I took a research trip to the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. It was my first "big" research trip. I was there for two weeks to look at a collection that comprised of over 200 boxes. I knew I couldn't get through it all so I prioritized ahead of time what boxes I HAD to get through and what boxes I would LIKE to get through and what boxes could wait until the next trip. I researched the Huntington's rules and regulations and brought all the appropriate tools with me on my trip and Read More

Research in the Digital Age, or, Am I Really Going to Write my Dissertation on my iPad? 1

While I know that there are a plethora of blog posts out there about research taking workflows I find them incredibly helpful and have picked up a few tips and tricks from them in the past. So I thought I would pay if forward, so to speak, and add my voice to the din on the off chance that like me with other posts, someone will read this and go, "that's exactly what I need!" I'm probably part of the last generation to grow up being taught the index card method of research taking while in school. Read More

When You Need to do More than Just Tag: Controlled Vocabulary and Metadata 3

As I'm approaching finishing building my form for my Clio3 project, I'm starting to think ahead to what I need to do when I actually begin using my form to input my meta data. I have four "categories" of meta information beyond the basic cartoon date, caption and artist information. These categories are: character, events, keywords and themes. The first two are relatively easy and straight-forward. Was Uncle Sam depicted in a particular cartoon or not? Was this cartoon referencing the 1960 Election, Read More

The Decline of the Editorial Cartoon and Should an Historian Care? 0

Back in April Farhad Manjoo wrote a piece for Slate Magazine entitled, "Editorial Cartoons Are Stale, Simplistic, and Just Not Funny." In his article Manjoo argues that the Pulitzer Prize committee are stuck in an out-moded mentality in its editorial cartoon prize selection mainly because editorial cartoons themselves is "stuck in the static, space-constrained, caricaturist mind-set of newsprint." Manjoo believes that the medium of editorial cartoons themselves are "an increasingly timeworn form Read More