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Study Skills Workshops 201:Current Awareness: Current Awareness Overview

This guide provides an introduction to using social media in the academic research process.

Why Use Social Media for Research?

Considering the growth of social media in recent years and the degree to which it enables new opportunities for communication, this guide provides an overview of its potential for research. There are many Web 2.0 tools that can further our teaching, learning, and research by allowing scholars and students to collaborate. The resources in this guide are an an introduction to integrating social media into the research process.


Bamboo DiRT is a tool, service, and collection registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. Developed by Project Bamboo, Bamboo DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.

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Library Resources and Current Awareness

Episode I: Introduction to Social Media for Research

Social media is an important technological trend that has big implications for how researchers (and people in general) communicate and collaborate. Web 2.0 is rich with tools that can augment coursework, enhance research, or foster collaboration.  This guide provides information on how scholars can use social networks to enhance the academic research process. 

View this introductory presentation to learn more about using social media in research.  Choose from the tabs above to learn more about specific current awareness tools you can use!

Episode II: Building your Research Toolkit

This second episode of Social Media for Research provides information on how scholars can identify and locate additional tools to add to their own personal research toolkit to enhance the academic research process.

Related Guides

Digitial Humanities: A Resources for teaching and scholarship in the emerging field of digital humanities.  Provides an overview of digital humanities in general, as well as resources on where to find books and articles, information related to DH in teaching, research and publication and a list of tools and tutorials for DH projects.


A bit about Burton:
Burton has been a longtime member of the CofC Library Reference Department and recently became the Instruction Coordinator for the Addlestone Library. He is interested in contemporary research skills education and the continuing evolution of library services in the digital age. Serving as the Outreach Coordinator for the burgeoning College of Charleston Institutional Repository, Burton is also interested in new forms of publication and open access.
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Jolanda (aka Joey)

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A bit about Joey:
Jolanda-Pieta (Joey) van Arnhem, Instructional Design Librarian, College of Charleston Libraries, and Instructor for the College of Charleston, obtained her M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2009 and her M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina in 2013. Joey contributes her expertise to the newly formed Digital Scholarship & Services Department at the Library, providing instruction for faculty, staff, and students regarding information technology utilization and digital scholarship tools for research and classroom use. She authors a regular column, Mobile Apps in Libraries, on emerging mobile technologies in libraries for The Charleston Advisor
Interests & Profile & Guides
Visual Art, Visual Culture, Digital Humanities, Digital Scholarship, Computing and the Arts, Arts and Technology, Mobile Technologies, Art as Research, Information Design, Educational Technology, Arts Management, Studio Art, Information Literacy, Digital Fluency.
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Twitter @jpvanarnhem
Website / Blog

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23 Things for Research

The 23 Things for Research course is intended for members of the University of Oxford interested in using digital communication tools to improve and extend their professional skills. You can read more about the programme here. If you are not a member of the University, you are welcome to participate in the program, but you can not get support from the University of Oxford staff. You are not required to register in order to take part. 

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