It’s hard to avoid social media today. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, tumblr (if you’re feeling desperate) and so many others are everywhere. Even professionals are expected to participate on sites like Linkedin. But what if there were social media sites that had a purpose greater than letting people you don’t really talk to know what you ate for dinner? What if social media could help you with your research? Help you get in touch with fellow researchers in your field? Or just ones you admire and whose work you want to follow? Academic social media. It exists! And here are some great examples that the Dewey Library thinks you should know about.
Academia.edu: Academia.edu is a platform to share academic research papers. It’s a pretty simple concept, right? But it’s not just about sharing. Academia.edu also allows users to analyze the impact around their research. Is it being read? Used? Cited? All things an academic needs to know about their work. Users can also follow other users and track their research. It makes sharing ideas and collaboration much easier.
ResearchGate: ResearchGate is another site for academics to share their work and collaborate. The emphasis here is collaboration. ResearchGate allows users to share their research, data, and connect with fellow academics all around the world. They also provide information on how often a user’s work is viewed, downloaded, and cited.
Mendeley: Part citation manager, part social network, Mendeley is a hybrid beast of academic productivity. It allows you to store your research, documents, and notes in the cloud and access it from any device. You can also use it to read and annotate PDFs. Gathered resources can be placed into bibliographies and Mendeley can even generate citations for you! And when you’re work is all gathered in one place you can use Mendeley to share it with others. You can collaborate with peers or even share simple reading lists, complete with full PDFs that are included. But wait, there’s more! While sharing your own work you can even follow other researchers. Research, cite, collaborate, share; Mendeley does it all!
These are just a few of the academic social media platforms out there. If you are looking for a fast and easy way to collaborate with colleagues from around the world, or just a convenient way to keep track of the work of some of your favorite researchers, these are amazing tools to use. If you have any questions, please stop in or contact the reference desk by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (518) 442-3691.
Blog post created by Alex Hoag
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