Social Networking

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.

General Information


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.

Social Networking Coordinators

Jody Gray
Megan Kocher