Throwback Thursday: Get Social…In A Smart Way

Now that the blog has been up and running for over a year, there are A LOT of posts to sift through. We’ll occasionally make a Throwback Thursday post to highlight some of the popular posts from the past (with updates when necessary).

Today’s re-installment: Get Social In A Smart Way

No denying it: social media is a great, entertaining way to connect with our friends and family…but sometimes don’t you wish there were a networking site for academics?

A place where you could share your research and follow the research of others in your field?  A site that allows you to track the impact of your research with sophisticated analytics?

Today’s your lucky day!

Academia.edu

Academia.edu is a global community of over 15 million academics who want to share what they know and learn from others. (And a little insider tip for you library blog followers—this is a great place to find full-text research papers and other documents!)

Once you visit academia.edu, use the simple search box at the top of the screen to get started.  You can search for people, research topics, or even institutions.

Academia Search Interface Screenshot

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Use the navigation at the top to choose to view people, documents, journals, and even jobs related to the topic you searched.

Academia Results page screenshot

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When looking through documents, you can see how many times they’ve been viewed as well as the author’s research interests.

Academia Sample Documents

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As librarians, of course, we must note that anyone can post research here: a world-renowned academic might re-post a published paper, or an undergraduate student might post a final essay.  Be sure to view researcher profiles to learn more about the author and their works.

Once you sign up and create a profile, you can really get networking!

ResearchGate.net

As an update to our original post, we’re also adding some information about another great site called ‘ResearchGate‘.

While it is labeled as “built by scientists, for scientists”, ResearchGate is an 8 million+ member site connecting researchers to ‘output, knowledge, and expertise’ from a diverse array of subject areas.

Here you can share your own work, view the work of others, access statistics to see who’s interested in your research, and connect and share ideas with like-minded academics.

Want to learn more?  Check out the site’s About pages for details and links to press coverage.

Happy searching and sharing!

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