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4 New Trend Social Media

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 Chapter 4. 

New Trends: Social Media



Perhaps the hottest topic today in humanities and social science information-seeking is the use of social media as a research & teaching tool. We know this from our own experiences as online LIS students!


A. Think back to our Preface, and Miller's description of his research, writing, and teaching process. In this slideshow below, "Social Media for Researchers," Christian Costa (Research Technologies Development Officer, University of Salford, UK) goes in greater depth about the various ways social media is helping today’s researcher communicate, share, collaborate, get peer feedback, support, and advance knowledge. As she points out, social media allows scholars to:


  • Quickly and easily communicate through Twitter, Facebook & blogs;
  • Collaborate more easily than ever. Scholars can easily co-author articles and books using programs such as Googledocs;
  • Communicate: hold live discussions and meetings via programs such as Skype;
  • Share resources (bookmark sharing, Delicious);
  • File-share through programs like Dropbox;
  • Tap into the “collective intelligence” of the wider community through blogs, social network sites;
  • Collaborate in groups on joint, multimedia projects using technologies such as wikis.



B. This slideshow discusses how social media has created new options for qualitative research studies, which are used widely in social science and interdisciplinary fields. 



















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