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Social media: A guide for researchers

This new free report is available now from the UK Research Information Network.

This guide has been produced by the International Centre for Guidance Studies, and aims to provide the information needed to make an informed decision about using social media and select from the vast range of tools that are available.

Social media: A guide for researchers
February 2011
Download here (48 page PDF)

1. Introduction: Why pick up this guide?
2. What are social media?
What social tools are available?
Consuming social media
Producing social media
Criticisms of social media
Answering the criticisms
3. What do social media mean for researchers?
Identification of knowledge
Creation of knowledge
Quality assurance of knowledge
Dissemination of knowledge
4. Social media tools for researchers
Social and professional networking tools
Social bookmarking
Tools for social-citation sharing
Research and writing collaboration tools
Project management, meeting and collaboration tools
5. Managing information overload
Approaches to reading
Tools for filtering
Creating the right network
6. Final thoughts
7. Further reading
8. References
Web materials 1: Links and Resources
Web materials 2: Researcher case studies
9. Glossary of key terms

Social media: A guide for researchers…02.28.11

There are two other helpful items on the site too:

Web materials 1: Links and resources
Web materials 2: Researcher case studies


Posted on: February 28, 2011, 2:59 pm Category: Uncategorized

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