WRT 204 (Cooke)

A resource for the Digital Research Web Project

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Amy Pajewski
FHG 211

Tips for using databases

Tips for using the databases

  1. Select two to three keywords from your research question.
  2. Utilize Boolean Operators AND, OR, and NOT to connect your keywords.
  3. Narrow your search results using database limits, such as publication date, source type, and subject terms.
  4. Evaluate your search results. Too many? Add more specific keywords and/or database limits. Too few? Use broader or fewer keywords. You can also try searching in another database.
  5. Repeat. Research is a cycle; you will likely need to move through these steps more than once to find sources.


General Keywords


  • Cyberactivism AND social change OR social movements
  • Digital technology AND social movements
  • Digital activism AND social movements
  • Social movement OR political movement AND leadership diversity
  • Activism OR social movements OR social advocacy
  • Social change
  • Content moderation AND apps OR phone apps OR phone application*
  • Cyberactivism AND college students OR university students
  • Cyberactivism AND global citizenship
  • Political activism AND technology
  • Clicktivism

Black Lives Matter Movement

What is the Black Lives Matter Movement?

US grassroots activist movement which campaigns to affirm the value of black lives and to work to end police discriminatory treatment and violence against African Americans. The movement began on social media in July 2013 with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman, a Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer, of shooting dead Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed African-American student.

It achieved national and global impact in August 2014 after BLM supporters organized protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American, by a white police officer.

Over the next two years, BLM organized more than 1,000 demonstrations across the USA in protest against further police killings of young African Americans. BLM also became politically active, challenging politicians in the 2016 US presidential election to state their position on BLM issues and running online campaigns against a number of state attorneys and prosecutors.


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#MeToo Movement

What is the Me Too Movement?

In 2006, Tarana Burke founded the me too. movement to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly young women of color from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing. Using the idea of “empowerment through empathy,” the me too. movement was ultimately created to ensure survivors know they're not alone in their journey.

~From the me too site

The New York Times Harvey Weinstein Story

In October 2017 the movement gained momentum when The New York Times broke a story about the sexual harassment of multiple women by Harvey Weinstein, including several high profile stars such as Ashley Judd. When Alyssa Milano tweeted "Me too" in support, and called to others to do the same if they'd ever experienced sexual harassment, millions of tweets followed. Read the story: Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades. Since then stories of sexual harassment and assault in the work place continue to come out across industries in the US and around the world.

Time's Up

Time's Up is a response to sexual harassment in the workplace, providing support, including a legal defense fund for lower income women, for those who have been sexually harassed. It is "a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live."

~From the Time's Up Mission statement

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http://MoveOn.org is an Internet-mediated political advocacy organization. Founded in 1998 by software entrepreneurs Wes Boyd and Joan Blades, the organization is credited with multiple substantial innovations within the realm of online politics. With over 7 million members, MoveOn is one of the largest advocacy groups in contemporary American politics. During the Bush administration, the group became a central organizing point for antiwar protests. It also pioneered a new repertoire of responsive issue-based organizing, mobilizing online membership in reaction to Bush administration policy priorities. Former staff have played key roles in launching similar organizations



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Arab Springs

In the uprisings that began in late 2010 in Tunisia and swept across several countries in north Africa and the Middle East, social media played a significant—yet hotly debated—role. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter were used early on by activists both to organize demonstrations and to disseminate information outside of their countries' borders. Social media were also utilized in some countries by governments seeking to crack down on online activism.

Blogging and social media were already popular across the Arab region, and in some countries—including Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria—online activism was already a phenomenon going back half a decade or more, with activist networks already in place. In other countries, such as Libya, low Internet penetration rates meant that social media were relatively unused for activism prior to the 2011 uprising.


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The World Trade Organization (WTO) is a global trade agreement with 150 member states accounting for 97% of the world trade. Currently, 30 other nations are negotiating membership. The purpose of the WTO is to promote fair competition and efficiency. Its approach is rooted in the standard classical economic theory of Adam Smith. Instead of each country producing the full range of products that its own market demands, all nations pool their resources to provide the best value for all consumers. In this way, products will tend to be produced where labor costs are cheapest, passing the savings onto consumers and helping to grow commerce on an international scale. Furthermore, lesser-developed countries also benefit as demand for their cheaper labor tends to rise, ultimately also increasing their wages. Thus, globalization tends to benefit all nations, thereby working to achieve the utilitarian ethical goal of the greatest good for all concerned.


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Occupy Wall Street

The first visible protest of the Occupy movement was held at New York City's Zuccotti Park, also referred to as Liberty Plaza, on September 17, 2011, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the reopening of trading on Wall Street following the September 11, 2001, attacks. On the evening of September 17, Adbusters posted “A Modest Call to Action” on the movement's Web site, http://occupywallst.org, calling on like-minded individuals to engage in a revolution of the mind, as well as the body politic, through protests organized to disrupt the system. The movement quickly grew, spurred on by other organizations such as the Internet hacking group Anonymous, which encouraged its followers to take part in the protests. By October 5, the demonstration in New York City had grown to an estimated 15,000 protesters; by October 9, Occupy protests were occurring in over 95 cities in 82 different countries; and by October 29, there were an estimated 2,300 Occupy protest zones worldwide.


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