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Social Media for Research: Sharing & Networking

A guide explaining the different social media tools that can help at all stages in the academic research process.

Introduction

Social Media can be used to connect and network with people. It can also be used to share and promote your research, which can help you reach a wider audience and maybe reach people who would never have read your research.

Browse this section of this lib guide to see how you can use various Social Media sites to share your research and connect with like minded individuals.

Academic Social Networks

Slideshare: After finishing a presentation it may never see the light of day again but by uploading your presentation, infographic or other documents to this social media it can be viewed by people all over the world. This social media also allows people to share and feature documents uploaded to this site across the web on websites, blogs etc.

NOTE: Check out Prezi for an alternative to using PowerPoint. 

Academia.edu: Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers.Academics use Academia.edu to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. 42,495,757 academics have signed up to Academia.edu, adding 15,426,752 papers and 1,930,210 research interests. Academia.edu attracts over 36 million unique visitors a month. 

Google Scholar: Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. Find out more about Google Scholar here

Research Gate: Research Gate is built by scientists, for scientists. You can use this social media to Share your publications, access millions more and publish your data, Connect and collaborate with colleagues, peers, co-authors, and specialists in your field, Ask questions, get answers, and find solutions to research problems, Get stats and find out who's been reading and citing your work and Find the right job using our research-focused job board.

MethodSpace:  MethodSpace is a multidimensional online network for the community of researchers, from students to professors, engaged in research methods. Sponsored by SAGE Publishing, a leading publisher of books and journals in research methods, the site is created for students and researchers to network and share research, resources and debates. MethodSpace users have free access to selected journal articles, book chapters, etc which highlight emerging topics in the field.

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Facebook

 As of the second quarter of 2016, Facebook had 1.71 billion monthly active users, and is also the most popular social network worldwide. With so many active users on this site it is a great place to find like minded individuals or people who would be interested in your research. You can use this platform to promote blog posts, chat with like minded people, join groups, watch live videos of conferences in different countries and much more. 

 

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Twitter

Twitter allows you to send out quick messages, somewhat like a micro-blog, of only 140 charecters. You can 'follow' people or brands whose opinions you value and you can use your Twitter account to connect with and have discussions with fellow researchers and people whose opinions you value. You can promote your blog posts on this platform by including a link to it in the title. To avoid the link to your blog taking up the majority of your characters in your Tweet use Google's URL shortener. 

Example: Mary McGill - writer/journalist, researcher and media contributor

Mary McGill is a Hardiman scholar at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she is a contributing lecturer at the Centre for Global Women’s Studies. She is currently undertaking a PHD within NUIG and her doctoral  research explores contemporary femininities, postfeminist digital cultures and the selfie phenomenon. Find her on Twitter here

Instagram

Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures or videos. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever. Use hashtags to allow people to search for your images or videos. Use this app if your research involves a visual aspect that would benefit from being shared. You can link your Instagram page to your blog, website or other social media through the about section. 

Example: 

Aaron Pomerantz (nextgenscientist) - PHD Student at UC Berkeley & National Geographic Grantee. 

The Next Gen Scientist was formed with the idea that scientists can and should utilize all available resources to communicate what they are doing and why it is important. It’s more critical than ever to convince policymakers and the public that scientific innovation must be nurtured to help tackle the biggest problems that humanity faces now and in the future.

Álvaro Lorente (boilingstone) - PhD student in Biomedicine (University of Granada, Spain)

Linked In

 

 

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with more than 433 million members in 200 countries and territories around the globe. Use this social media to make professional connections with potential research collaborators, employers and lecturers. 

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