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How do scholars use the social networks to do research. Visit your library, first. Then, branch out as you use the tools and sites and communities of your scholarly network. Social and Scholarly are ...

How do scholars use the social networks to do research. Visit your library, first. Then, branch out as you use the tools and sites and communities of your scholarly network. Social and Scholarly are not the same even though the fun of using any community network well, makes it seem that way.

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  • One year after this F5 tornado nearly wiped a small Kansas town off the face of the earth, there were no articles or even mentions to be found in the databases of scholarly information. In May of 2008, I was invited to present a research instruction session for a class in Public Administration and Urban Development (PAUD). The topic of their research was to follow the recovery of Greensburg, Kansas. The remaking of its administration, educational, institutional, community and social identity after this disaster. This class and their topic became a tipping point for change in the way I teach research skills to university students. Social networking, in its various and evolving forms, has become the major tool I use for nearly all my of research and investigation into primary sources. Hence, my inclusion of quotes from the Tao de Ching which means the way or the journey. It is all about simplicity and following your lead. Today, in 2010, my lead takes me back to where I started—the library. I use databases to search and find as much as I can from published journals, and I use Web 2.0 tools to take me beyond print but not beyond primary resources. Tao 1—Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding Cite: May 4th 2007 Greensburg Kansas Tornado. Incredible footage of the EF-5 tornado up close. Sean Wilson of Blown Away Tours along with Tim Andrews video taped this monster as they were traveling down hwy 183 with debris falling all around. Get ready for this wild ride. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6U7OBA2fUI seanwilson7 | August 04, 2007
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  • After graduation, how can our students continue to research at the scholarly level? What is the where and how of serious study when you are not connected with an academic library? Public Libraries. This is news to many of us which is why I’ve listed Public Libraries as the place to go and Library Databases as Tool #1 . Public access / library card Cloud computing From home
  • http://www.kclibrary.org/databases What is the where and how of serious study when you are not connected with an academic library? The Public Library is the place to go and Library Databases are Tool #1 .
  • Kansas City Missouri Public Library http://www.kclibrary.org/?q=databases 1000122439416 4949 P = proquest research database Search = greensburg kansas tornado Select “narrow results by topic” Greensburg tornado and disaster recovery 9 documents
  • A good start. Which leads us to even more with social networking tools.
  • Set Up Alert? Saves your search / Emails updates to that search directly to you—like having a good research assistant. RSS? Definitely a must for using research and for social networking. You have probably seen the
  • If our search in the Proquest database is updated with more articles we will be notified because of the RSS feed sent to our RSS reader. Google has two places to set up these RSS feeds: Google Reader and iGoole (homepage).
  • RSS = http://rss.proquest.com.proxy.kclibrary.org/rss?rss_id=861232 Have you seen this before? Yes. What does it mean? I don’t know, and I’m too embarrassed to ask. Why would you use it? I’ve been told it updates my topic. Social Networking? Yes!
  • The ProQuest search: greensburg kansas tornado Will be monitored and as new results become available your RSS Reader (Google, Bloglines, Firefox, etc.) will add them to your list of articles found through this database. Free from the library.
  • My iGoogle (Google Homepage) as it looked on July 14, 2010. Notice: RSS for Proquest database to send me updates on the search on Greensburg disaster recovery—new articles will come into this little box, widget/gadget I could make this handy search filled page my homepage, couldn’t I. Even though this is exactly what Google wants me to do, no other service does it better. Sorry, other services. Notice the search updates from Google Blog Search---How did this happen? Notice the update from Dissertation Research Blog --- How did I do this? Bring the updates from my favorite blog into my iGoogle page? Notice the Twitter search for “academic libraries” ?
  • Twitter has so many features that I must separate the ones I use daily from the lot. Those who use Twitter know this but those who don’t use Twitter as a work tool may not know how to use the follow feature to your research interests. How? Once you have signed on to Twitter you start selecting people and sites you want to follow . . . Which means you have an interest in what they are posting. Most universities, libraries, information professionals, associations, publishers, news media, academic journals, newspapers, etc. do well in keeping their Tweets up to a casual professional level. Using social networking for academic research is like wearing jeans to work. You are more comfortable and get a lot done, usually. Yes, the “usually” can be a stretch but you have “stumbled upon” something wonderful when a second before you were in outer space with glazed glazed. Then WOW, there it is. Something new to you that may be useful to your work.
  • Regents Center Library has a Twitter page: http://twitter.com/LibraryKUEC we follow over 200 people and over 200 people follow us.
  • I was reading through some of the Tweets—this is what I do—”read through some.” No way do I read all of them. But, I read enough. KUNews had a post about a KU professor who was the lead author of a research article explaining a breakthrough in what is know about Autism. My interest here is: KU professor and research; Autism because we have the nation’s finest special education program in the nation. . .at Edward’s Campus. This is the making of a librarian’s day—sharing information, academically important information. Most Tweets of professional interest include a link to what they are describing. Click and I’m reading the News Release.
  • There are many leads on this page and here are the top ones for me. “More Information” gave me the name of the scientist and a link to the research. This page has an RSS subscription, email subscription, a link to its sites on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Share selections which include some social networking sites you may use. For me, there is email which I use to send myself the news so I can later write a blog post on the subject. As you can see, this news site for KU has so much more that is or maybe interesting. No matter your connection with a university, other universities have departments and staff with whom you could learn, read and communicate with. I did write a blog entry and here it is:
  • Read a Tweet, follow through by clicking deeper into research fullness. This particular post is packed with information. KU scientist / http://dissertationresearch.blogspot.com/ Technology for autism research / Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Abstract / direct Full text for KU students! 1. Follow Twitter 2. Get research news 3. Post to your Blog 4. Send to your Twitter
  • http://www.lenafoundation.org/pdf/Automated%20Analysis%20JADD.pdf
  • It becomes necessary to use small pieces of software wizardry to provide you and your networking community with information http://twitterfeed.com/ Communication between your blog and your Twitter site: helps you get the word out; helps those who follow you
  • And, then there is another big deal. I did post information on the Autism news and KU’s research scientist on our library blog and the notice of the blog post linked to the library’s Twitter site. So, for every blog posting on our Dissertation Research Blog there is a mirror Tweet on our Twitter site. Why a Web 2.0 tool. But first the blog. This is our Twitter Home page. . .the I can see but subscribers cannot. What I see are all the Tweets of those I follow. This screen was captured a week ago on Thursday. It was just a few days before this I saw a Tweet from KU News about research and autism. I ReTweeted to all of our followers so they could 1) read new research on Autism 2) know that a KU researcher the lead author of the scholarly article announcing the results of the research.
  • Visitors to our blog have numerous ways to find information. RSS feed and Email subscription. From Twitter, visitors can follow our news and our followers’ news.
  • Plugging into scholarly communication if you can get the keywords just right
  • Good results for following educators interested in this topic of Greensburg from .edu domains . . . We’re looking for those scholarly inroads See what you get for a simple search on Google Blog Search? Results from blogs around the world that contain your search terms The ability to be automatically updated on recent activity (hits) from this search All results contain your search and only the most recent are sent to your RSS reader or your email. Notice that you can use the same search for Google News --- pretty cool, eh?
  • Truncation (*) allows the term to be extended—rebuild rebuilds rebuilding Putting two or more terms in (…………) separates the process from the rest of the search And– site:edu is the major factor that keeps all of the results to educational institutions. . .usually
  • One of the most efficient sites I use http://worldcat.org
  • WorldCat wins the hunt for research material! A Library Catalog, no less.
  • http://www.bibme.org/ A nice cite. I haven’t used it too much but I like what I see
  • Talk about research using Twitter. These 4 search engines are top of the line as far as the technology of design goes. Lets look at Topsy.com Crowdeye.com is current awareness. Search: healcare Look at the Web 2.0 extras (RSS, Alerts, Twitter) and you can sort by date or revelance. The Link feature pulls out links that people have added to their Tweets – very helpful. Collecta.com is real time searching. If you have a popular search like SIDLIT you can watch the action as it comes up second by second. Handy if you’re following a ballgame virtually.
  • The topsy.com search turned up exactly what the topic of our research is: Three Years Later Any “primary documents” in the results? The first result is a video report on a man’s return to Greensburg, 3 years after the tornado. What could be more immediate, more primary than watching this video? Yes, this is primary research material. Define “primary research”
  • Collecta searches Twitter real time. True. Watch http://collecta.com/#q=web%202.0%20AND%20scholarly We’re finding scholarly articles and dissertations with this simple twitter search.
  • Ted.com is the place for information providers to go if they are looking for presentations by creative folk talking about the work they are passionate about. This fascinating site covers an array of topics that we could use for our own edification, to share at staff retreats, classes. I wanted to find a multimedia resource that relates in some way to the recovery of Greensburg. I found Jamie Oliver. The world of rural Greensburg, Kansas is certainly open for Mr. Oliver’s insight on food education.
  • MIT Open CourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world. I subscribe by email.
  • http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/ At this website we provide details of our consultancy services - as well as the free resources about new trends, technologies and tools.  You can keep to date with what's new in this area, by reading my Pick of the Day blog as well as my Social Media for Working and Learning blog.
  • ETDs are included in collections of universities and colleges. Collections of these collections are called Union Catalogs.
  • http://www.ndltd.org/find Notice the two options for Searching ETDs VTLS Visualizer http://thumper.vtls.com:6080/visualizer/ Scirus ETD Search . . . A comprehensive research tool focused on the scientific community. It works well with the social sciences.
  • http://thumper.vtls.com:6080/visualizer/
  • http://www.ndltd.org/serviceproviders/scirus-etd-search We’re searching only ETDs so “greensburg kansas” is a full search. Since we found 56 records we could limit by date after 2006

Academic Research Social Networks 15 Strategy Tools Academic Research Social Networks 15 Strategy Tools Presentation Transcript

  • Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding. Tao 1 Downloaded from http://www.kake.com/news/headlines/7347256.html on October 15, 2008
  • Academic Research Social Networks & 15 Strategy Tools
  • What do we want/need to begin our research? Articles Where?
  • Tool #1: Libraries Library Databases: Public access / library card Cloud computing From home
  • For example: The Kansas City, MO Public Library
  • Example of a free public library database: (with library card number) Proquest Research Database http://www.kclibrary.org/?q=databases Search = greensburg kansas tornado Keep it simple
  • 362 documents found The list is certainly growing. Now limit to specific publication types or topics.
  • Set up an email alert and you will get notifications on updates for the exact search “ greensburg kansas tornado ” ? Narrow search
  • Tool #2: RSS
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  • Click on the RSS feed
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  • Tool #3: iGoogle (as an RSS reader) Google.com . . . more . . . more (again) iGoogle
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  • Tool #1 = Library databases updated by social networks Tool #2 = RSS feeds read with RSS readers Tool #3 = iGoogle RSS reader & research page Tool #4 = Twitter & research strategies
  • Twitter for research http://twitter.com Subscribe and begin to collect the people and sites you would like to know more about. Tool # 4
  • Twitter Follow Twitter has so many features that I must separate the ones I use daily from the lot
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  • Start close to home and build a local community For example
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  • Blogs, of course Use the tools within the blogging software to enhance and update information
  • Post to our blog the info found at KU News Twitter Abstract / Full text
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  • I searched for a free copy of the SpringerLink article and found it. . .but why was it free? More research took me here: the author is associated with this foundation and full text was here—a citable site with more excellent resources to use.
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  • From KU News I posted the story on our blog . Twitter Feed sent the summary to our Twitter site .
  • Tool #1 = Library databases updated by social networks Tool #2 = RSS feeds read with RSS readers Tool #3 = iGoogle RSS reader & research page Tool #4 = Twitter & research strategies Tool #5 = Blogs & research strategies & Twitter Feed Tool #6 = Google Scholar strategies
  • Google Scholar : Preferences & Advance Search & Search Alerts & RSS feeds Tool #6
  • Site:.edu Limit by date
  • Lots of good results but are they “scholarly?” Add site:.edu to your search Better Search: greensburg kansas rebuild* OR recove* AND site:.edu
  • This is to connect your search results with a library collection. Look for your library here. Also, add Blue Skyways and Worldcat.org
  • Search Blogs Tool #7: Google Blog Search Google.com . . . more . . . more (again)
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  • Email Alerts Email alerts on most databases, journals and search services.
  • There is the “search gadget” from my google blog search. It will update automatically to this iGoogle homepage
  • Best Search of all: greensburg kansas (rebuild* OR recover*) site:.edu
  • WorldCat.org Finding the books & the articles & even more
  • http://worldcat.org Search for: Articles Books Media Web 2.0: Apps Twitter Tool #8
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  • Tool #1 = Library databases updated by social networks Tool #2 = RSS feeds Tool #3 = iGoogle / RSS reader & research page Tool #4 = Twitter & research strategies Tool #5 = Blogs & research strategies & Twitter Feed Tool #6 = Google Scholar strategies Tool #7 = Google Blog Search strategies Tool #8 = WorldCat library catalog Tool #9 = Citation made easy with bibme.org Tool #10 = Twitter’s amazing search tools
  • C itations
    • Keep all citations used in Word
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    • Use EndNote if provided by your school
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    • Free citation software online?
    How do I know this is true? (54)
  • Tool #9
  • Download into Word from bibme.org in selected APA format
  • Revisiting Twitter & Research Tools & Strategy
  • Searching Twitter Topsy.com Collecta.com Crowdeye.com # searching Tool #10
  • Research tools built into nearly all Web 2.0 sites.
  • Simply amazing site for the latest Tweets on a particular topic ie : web 2.0 scholarly Get the widget for your blog
  • Twitter Hash # Marks Hash Marks indicate a topic to which people attach their comments and links
  • Join group discussions: Search twitter Examples: #SIDLIT #Autism #greensburg
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  • MultiMedia Sites: Research Worthy Tool #11
  • Ted.com is the place for information providers to go if they are looking for presentations by creative folk talking about the work they are passionate about. This fascinating site covers an array of topics that we could use for our own edification, to share at staff retreats, classes. I wanted to find a multimedia resource that relates in some way to the recovery of Greensburg. I found Jamie Oliver. The world of rural Greensburg, Kansas is certainly open for Mr. Oliver’s insight on food education.
  • MIT Open CourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world. Get Started with OCW VIEW ALL 2000 COURSES Most Visited Courses Editor's Picks
  • One site with all the Tools
  • Tool #12
  • So, lets add our top 10 Tools for Learning 2010 !
  • FINDING ELECTRONIC DISSERTATIONS Tool #13
  • http://www.ndltd.org/find
  • http://www.ndltd.org/ndltd/find
  • Wonderful search engine for finding Theses & Dissertations
  • Scirus.com scientific journals but try it for your topic Tool #14 Links
    • Newspapers
      • http://newslink.org/
      • Good screen capture tool http://jingproject.com
      • The Online Books Page http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu
      • Project Gutenburg www.ProjectGutenberg.org
  • “ I’ve learned to follow the hunch but never assume where it will go.” Even Williams Tool #15 a good quote