Photography: Visual Communication

Visual and Media Arts

Copyright: using images or clips



Licensing music for audiovisual works requires a synchronization license (a license to synchronize music with an audiovisual work, such as a TV advertisement, television show, or a DVD). There is not a central organization for clearing synchronization licenses, as there is for mechanical licenses (Harry Fox stopped doing synchronization licensing in 2002) or performances (e.g., ASCAP, BMI, SESAC). Rumblefish offers a few synchronization licenses, but not for classic pop songs. Synchronization licenses generally have to be negotiated separately and directly with the music publisher and, if you are using a specific recording, the recording company.

To locate the publishers of the songs, you can search the ASCAP, BMI or SESAC websites. Identifying the owners of the recordings after multiple sales and transfers of recording catalogs might be more difficult. You can search copyright registrations and transfers at (

Synchronization licenses are not cheap, so budget accordingly.

Data and visualization tools

The Data Inquiry Lab is available to help with collecting quantitative data, preparing quantitative data for analysis, and creating visualizations of those data. At present, GVSU does not formally support qualitative analysis, but the Statistical Consulting Center can run files (e.g., spreadsheets, MS documents, etc.) through SAS, which may help with coding, as SCC can put reports into a readable document like word but organized in a way that facilitates analysis or visualizing patterns.

HathiTrust Research Center: text analysis and research office hours

Do you have questions about how to get started with your text analysis project? Have a research idea you would like to run past an HTRC expert? Teaching an HTRC workshop and want advice? Join us for office hours on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Future office hours dates include: June 15, July 20 and August 17 all at 3:00 p.m. ET. HTRC Help office hours are open time for Q&A and conversation. They are staffed by representatives from HTRC’s outreach and education team who have expertise in collection building, HTRC use cases, and teaching with and about HTRC.

Use to join the Zoom video call. (Your video will be off by default when you first connect.) You can also join office hours by phone, dialing 1-646-558-8656 and using Meeting ID: 969 9311 7337.

Gale Digital Scholar Lab: Fundamentals of Text Mining

We have access to the Gale Digital Scholar Lab; a digital humanities platform for text/data mining that includes our Gale Primary Source collections and enables you to upload external content for data mining. Gale’s training team is hosting a live webinar on 6/7/2022 on the Gale Digital Scholar Lab, and the Fundamentals of Text Mining. Schedule a quick meeting to go over your needs and interests with a representative: Click here to schedule a meeting and select a time that works for you.

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