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Studying and Researching with Social Media

Studying and Researching with Social Media

  • Megan Poore - Australian National University, Australia

November 2014 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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Wondering what your lecturers are looking for in a blog post? 
Asking yourself how that’s different from writing an essay (or a wiki page)?
Unsure if Twitter really can be used to build your online profile as a researcher?

If you want – or need – to integrate social media tools into your studies and research, this practical book is your one-stop shop.  Megan Poore shares the secrets of how to harness the power of social media tools to improve your academic productivity.

Inside, you’ll find out how to:
... write a good blog post
... contribute to a wiki
... maximise your grades when creating an audio-visual presentation
... find and share the latest research via Twitter
... keep safe online.

Featuring handy illustrations and exercises, as well as guidance on broader issues such as copyright, avoiding plagiarism, and cyberbullying, you’ll find out all you need to successfully use social media to support your study and research.

Visit the Studying and Researching with Social Media blog which accompanies the book, sharing tips and guidance on using social media to improve your study and research skills.

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Chapter 1 Why use social media in your studies and research?
Chapter 2 Social media basics
Chapter 3 Blogs
Chapter 4 Wikis
Chapter 5 Social networks
Chapter 6 Audio-visual presentations
Chapter 7 Building your online profile
Chapter 9 Using social media for search and research
Chapter 10 Productivity in study and research
Chapter 10 Building your digital literacy
Chapter 11 Handling yourself (and others) online
Chapter 12 Legalities and practicalities of the online environment


Study with social media blog
Visit the Studying and Researching with Social Media blog which accompanies the book, sharing tips and guidance on using social media to improve your study and research skills.
SAGE Study Skills hub
Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

'This is an extremely useful publication that fills several gaps in current scholarly teaching and research. Firstly it provides students with a rationale for, and a means of, managing their research tasks in transformative ways, using social media as learning, researching and communicating assets. In this domain, it is both a launching pad and a handbook, easy to engage with and helpful. Secondly, it provides students with some ways of ‘managing up’, of supporting their lecturers to make meaningful and appropriate use (and non-use) of social media in their teaching, assessing and communicating. Lastly it provides a rich theoretical rationale and backdrop to the purposes of using social media in scholarly education. Dr Poore has done an excellent job in providing a contemporary meaning to Dewey’s ‘conjoint activities’. This work is for lecturers as well as their students.'

Jim Dellit
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow (Retired), University of South Australia; Director, J&J Dellit Education Consultancy

'This book demystifies many of the social media practices.  It is an indispensable guide for lecturers and students using social media in their studies and research.  Megan Poore’s book covers all major social media types and guides students through carefully annotated examples. These are supported by a broad selection of strategies and clear easy-to-follow practical activities.

As a lecturer with a wealth of experience and research in academic writing and social media, across a wide range of disciplines and levels, Megan has applied her knowledge of complex issues in a creative way that is meaningful to students and sensitive to their needs. I strongly recommend this book to anyone serious about developing their social media practices.'  

Alex Barthel
Inaugural President, Association for Academic Language and Learning

"People often ask me whether they should start a blog or twitter account. While I can bore for Australia on the topic, now I don't have to because Megan has written this great book. Buy it if you are interested in social media and wondering where to start. Definitely buy it if you are confused and even a little scared of the whole idea.  Megan will explain all the benefits and give you some great tips to get you on the way to internet fame and fortune, researcher style."

Dr Inger Mewburn
Director of Research Training at the Australian National University and editor of The Thesis Whisperer blog

I can see this book being of immense value to a majority of students and teachers. It is practical, accessible, clearly written and direct.

Jillian Dellit
J&J Dellit

The book is highly matched with the content of the educational concept and useful for my students.

Dr Behic Aytekin
Communications, Adnan Menderes University
May 6, 2017

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Chapter One: Why use Social Media in your Studies and Research?

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