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Social Media for Researchers: Welcome

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Due acknowledgement is given here for the use of the template and (partial) contents of this guide to Rowena Macrae-Gibson and City University Library, London.

About this guide

Welcome to the LibGuide on using social media.  We hope this guide will help you establish your digital presence on the different social media sites.  There are many avenues to explore and these will allow you to both disseminate your research and manage your references as well as gather, search, collate, access and share information about you and by you.  Many of these tools will enable you to develop your online reputation, maximise your impact, and build your online networks.

You may be using some of these tools already or may know of others.  If that is the case, do please share any new tools via the feedback options on this page.


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Case Study

Professor Melissa Terras, Professor of Digital Culture at Edinburgh University, tested the impact of social media on her research output by blogging and tweeting about different research projects.  The impact was quite significant:

"What became clear to me very quickly was the correlation between talking about my research online and the spike in downloads of my papers from our institutional repository."

She wrote several posts about the impact which you can read on the Journal of Digital Humanities. Her blog, The Impact of Social Media on the Dissemination of Research: Results of an Experiment, has been read by more than 20,000 people. 

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If you don't know where to start with creating your digital profile, you may want to download this eBook, The 30-day Impact Challenge by Stacy Konkiel brought to you by Impact Story.Cover of 30-Day Impact Challenge


There are many other digital tools available to ensure you remain a connected researcher - see for instance, the list compiled by the Digital Researcher.