Social media: A guide for researchers
Social media is an important technological trend that has big implications for how researchers (and people in general) communicate and collaborate. Researchers have a huge amount to gain from engaging with social media in various aspects of their work.
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.
One of the most important things that researchers do is to ﬁnd, use and disseminate information, and social media offers a range of tools which can facilitate this. The guide discusses the use of social media for research and academic purposes and will not be examining the many other uses that social media is put to across society.
Social media can change the way in which you undertake research, and can also open up new forms of communication and dissemination. It has the power to enable researchers to engage in a wide range of dissemination in a highly efﬁcient way.
Web materials 1: Links and resources
Audio and video tools
Blogging and Microblogging tools
Examples of academic and research blogs
Social networking services
Location based tools
Social bookmarking, news and social citation tools
Research and writing collaboration tools
Presentation sharing tools
Project management, meeting and collaboration tools
Information management tools
You can access the full list of the above resources here, or download below.
Web materials 2: Researcher case studies
The guide is rooted in the practical experience of its authors and that of the ten social media users that we interviewed as part of the project. You can read their individual case studies below:
- Andrew Coverdale (PhD student, Education)
- Anna Croft (Lecturer, Organic Chemistry)
- Alexander Davenport (Research Assistant, Hemato-oncology)
- Elena Golovuskina (PhD student, Education)
- Pat Heslop (Professor, Molecular Cytogenetics and Cell biology)
- Chris Jobling (Lecturer, Engineering)
- Constantina Katsari (Lecturer, Ancient History)
- Cameron Neylon (Senior Scientist, Biophysics)
- Alun Salt (Archaeoastronomist)
- Ruth Filery Travis (PhD, Archaeology)
- Terry Wassall (Principal Teaching Fellow, Sociology)
You can download the guide below, as well as documents listing Web materials 1 and 2. To request hard copies of the guide, email firstname.lastname@example.org
This guide follows on from a related RIN project, If you build it, will they come? (published in 2010), which looked at the extent of adoption of different web 2.0 tools in different subject ﬁelds and disciplines, and the different types of researchers who are using them.