Monthly Archives: October 2016

Thing 9 – Alternative online communities for research

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One of the best things about the internet is that it allows people from around the world to set up groups based around pretty much any subject and share their thoughts together. These sorts of places can be informal forums, chat threads and more.

For Thing 9, we will look at three alternative spaces for research communities that have become established over the past decade or so: Reddit, Wikipedia and GitHub. Check out the video below for more.

Video transcript

Check out this brief guide to each of the spaces covered in the video.

Thing 9 activities

Test out one of the alternative online spaces that we have discussed

Blog about your experience and whether you would use any of the spaces in the future

Learning outcomes

You should be able to understand cooperative online engagement

You should have had the opportunity to interact with alternative online communities


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Thing 8 – and ResearchGate

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There’s a lot of social media stuff out there, but what about social media dedicated to academic communities? There are currently two main platforms offering services for academics and researchers: and ResearchGate. Both platforms allow for researchers to set up a profile, link to their research, engage with other researchers and follow research outputs in their areas of interest.

These platforms are often compared to Facebook which is a fairly accurate description as they are both run by for-profit organisations and this can cause complications with ownership of research if you do upload your work to their website. However, as tools to promote your work and connect with other people working in your area, both platforms have a lot of offer.

In this video, we will break down the various pros and cons of each platform to help you decide which one might be a good one for you to…

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Thing 7 – LinkedIn

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Welcome to Week 3 where we will be looking at the theme of Connecting Up.

There are many professional networking platforms out there at the moment but one of the more established players is LinkedIn. While LinkedIn has sometimes become a source of humour with its incessant invites and reminder emails, it does have a lot of value especially when it comes to having one place to show off yourself and your skills, as well as connecting with interesting new people.

Check out this video for a quick overview of the basics of LinkedIn.

Video transcript

Here’s a helpful LinkedIn overview handout too.

By maintaining a professional looking LinkedIn profile, you not only have a handy place for people to find you if they Google you but you also increase your chances of someone finding you and your research and reaching out to collaborate on a project or…

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Thing 6 – Creating new content

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We consume a huge amount of news and information in our daily lives but have you ever thought about what it would be like to turn that consumption into something new and useful for other people? We will look at several curation tools that will allow you to do just that.

In Thing 5 we looked at Twitter and the myriad of different ways in can be used for communication. But how do you capture all of that information in a way that you can keep and come back to for reference? Well check out this video to learn more.

Video transcript

Here are the Storify links mentioned in the above video:

Here’s a handout with an overall summary of each tool that we’ve discussed in the video above.


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Electronic Legal Deposit and ebooks

A really clear explanation of these types of ebook record, thanks! It’s a shame that users will still click on the Online access link because they can’t tell it’s an e-legal depoist book at that point – let’s hope that gets resolved.


Have you had trouble connecting to an ebook from iDiscover? Perhaps you have clicked on the ‘Online access’ link and waited for your ebook to open, only to get a ‘Connection timed out’ message some time after? If so, you have probably stumbled across an Electronic Legal Deposit ebook.

time-outWhat is Electronic Legal Deposit?

A growing number of publishers are now fulfilling their legal deposit obligations by depositing electronic rather than print books with the six legal deposit libraries, including the UL. Publishers currently doing this include, but are not limited to, Routledge, Edinburgh University Press, Palgrave Macmillan and Sage, and more are due to follow suit in the next few years.

How do Electronic Legal Deposit ebooks differ from purchased ebooks?

Ebooks that are deposited on Electronic Legal Deposit differ from ebooks purchased from publishers or aggregators (such as those bought by the ebooks@cambridge service or directly by Faculty…

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Thing 5 – Twitter

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Twitter is one of the most successful microblogging platforms currently available on the web. In 140 characters, you can send out messages to Twitter’s over 310 million active users and beyond. As an open online space (as opposed to things like Facebook which require an account), people can talk and share about whatever they want.

While this sometimes can be people’s breakfasts or celebrity news (nothing wrong with that!), Twitter can be used for more substantial content such as political discussions, critiques of public figures and/or their actions, as well as sharing and collaborating on new research. Twitter can be whatever you want to be, whether it’s a resource that you keep an eye on and don’t interact with that much, or something that you use to communicate ideas and views to a wide range of audiences. Twitter is a very powerful tool and can be used to reach many…

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Thing 4 – Pulling in information

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Welcome to Week 2! This week’s theme is all about Gathering Information.

There’s a lot of information out there with news and discoveries being released every minute. So how do you keep up with this constant barrage of content?

Watch this video to find out more.

Video transcript

Here’s a guide on how to set up your Feedly. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, it’s covered in the video above!

Here’s a guide on how to set up a Zetoc Alert.

Check out this guide on getting started with Pocket.

Also check out this PDF of all of the tools we’ve discussed at a glance with their various benefits.

Thing 4 activities

Test out some of the tools we’ve covered today

Write a blogpost about your experience of using some of these tools

Would you use them in your daily work? Are they useful or…

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