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Raising Your Scholarly Profile

Things to Think About...

Traditionally, "scholarly conversations" took place at conferences and in journal literature. With the exponential growth of social media and mobile devices, scholarly conversations are being held in new places. As "digital natives" take their places in academia, the use of social media for scholarly discourse seems likely to grow.

Why Scholars Use Social Media

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Tips for Using Social Media as a Scholar

  1. Follow professional organizations within your discipline on social media. See who they're following, retweeting/reposting.
  2. Follow your colleagues and any "big names" in your field who already have a social media presence.
  3. Follow hashtags related to your research/scholarship. Hint: what hashtags are the users in steps 1 and 2 using?
  4. Join Facebook groups relevant to your research/scholarship.