Social networks offer opportunities for educators and researchers to stay current in their field, collaborate across distances, and showcase their work. Here are some tips and tools we’ve compiled to help you make sense of and effectively use social networking tools for teaching and research.
- e-Professionalism: Using Social Media Tools A short online course for University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff to ensure they know how to use social media tools effectively in their personal and professional lives.
- Social Media: A Guide for Researchers This guide was produced by the International Centre for Guidance Studies with the intent of “provid[ing] the information needed to make an informed decision about using social media and select from the vast range of tools that are available.”
- Creating Your Web Presence: A Primer for Academics
- Using Social Media to Enhance Your Research The resources listed here are targeted at those doing research in the sciences.
- Your favourite academic tweeters: lists available to browse by subject area
- Practical Advice for Teaching With Twitter
- Archiving tweets: If you are organizing or participating in a conference, or using Twitter as a source of research data, you may wish to archive tweets with a specific hashtag or from a specific user. Currently, tweets disappear from searches within about 1 week. However, there are ways to create and maintain your own Twitter archive.
Networking with Citations
- Google Scholar Citations is a recently-launched feature of Google Scholar that allows authors to keep track of and highlight their publications. This article by University of Minnesota librarian, Nancy Herther discusses the pros (e.g. ease of use, metrics and graphics, user control of content, integration with citation managers) and cons (e.g. quality control) of setting up a profile.
- Citation managers are also starting to integrate social networking components to facilitate collaboration and sharing among researchers and academic communities. This video introduction to the citation manager Mendeley explains that this citation manager can be useful for both sharing research and identifying articles and experts in a field:
What is Mendeley? from Mendeley on Vimeo.
Discipline-specific Social Networks
Discipline-specific, research-oriented social networks are popping up in numerous fields. We've included a small sample below; please tell us if you know of others we should add.
- Academic Health Center Profiles - research networking and expertise mining for researchers in the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center
- College of Liberal Arts Faculty Experts - Searching by topic to identify faculty experts in CLA
- EthicShare - a research and collaboration site focused on the field of ethics.