Social Media for Academics

1st Edition

A Practical Guide

Print ISBN: 9781843346814
eBook ISBN: 9781780633190
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 6th August 2012
Page Count: 270
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This book provides an overview of social media technologies in the context of practical implementation for academics, guided by applied research findings, current best practices, and the author’s successful experiences with using social media in academic settings. It also provides academics with sensible and easy strategies for implementing a wide spectrum of social media and related technologies - such as blogs, wikis, Facebook, and various Google tools for professional, teaching, and research endeavours.

Key Features

  • No other book exists that assists academics in learning how to use social media to benefit their teaching and research
  • The editor has an extensive background in social media teaching, consulting, research, and everyday use
  • All the contributors come to the book with a common goal, from various expertise areas and perspectives


Academics and academic librarians with professional, teaching and research responsibilities in all fields who are interested in learning more about using social media in the context of their careers

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables


About the editor

About the contributors


Part I: The nuts and bolts of social media for academics

Chapter 1: Blogging your academic self: the what, the why and the how long?



Scholars in the blogosphere

Motivations and benefits

Blog publishing: getting started … or getting more

Your blog today? Tomorrow?


Chapter 2: Non-academic and academic social networking sites for online scholarly communities



General public platforms for online scholarly communities

Academic sites for online scholarly communities



Chapter 3: Research and teaching in real time: 24/7 collaborative networks


Real-time technologies for academics

The concept of real time

Real-time technologies and research

Real-time technologies and teaching

Choosing a real-time technology



Chapter 4: Locating scholarly papers of interest online



Overview of online scholarly search services

Scholarly communication and social media

Use and purpose of scholarly search services

Impact of the Open Access movement

Search engine functionality

Social media and public scholarly search


Appendix: features of web-based public scholarly search services

Chapter 5: Tracking references with social media tools: organizing what you’ve read or want to read



Why use online social bibliographic tools?

A look at top social bibliographic tools: Zotero, Mendeley, CiteULike and Connotea

How these tools can improve your research, writing


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"This book is relevant to anyone concerned with social media and e-research. It helps researchers in looking for social media, identifying tools, understanding their functioning and making the most of them in their research activity. This book is also suitable for lecturers seeking to present to their students a fresh perspective on how to do research and how to use new tools in the research process."--Online Information Review, Vol. 37 No. 6, 2013
A refreshing take on using social media in education. This enthusiasm and the varied discussion of ways that social media can be used to share and build a valuable professional network are sure to interest and engage those relatively new to social media., Innovative Practice in Higher Education
On a scale of 1–5, with 5 being best, I would give this book a ‘4’ and would recommend it to my industry colleagues., Learned Publishing
Each chapter provides focused, practical help regarding various forms of social media. The book avoids getting lost in the weeds of technological jargon and debates and chapters do not presume advanced knowledge of technology or of social media. It is my judgement that this practical guide would be good to have in a teaching and learning library as a practical resource., Teaching Theology and Religion