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Studying and Researching with Social Media

Studying and Researching with Social Media

First Edition
  • Megan Poore - Australian National University, Australia
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June 2014 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

The Student Success series are essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to planning your dream career, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips and resources for study success!


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!

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

index of the book is recommended to understand main, also peripheral knowledge about researching in social media. Easy to understand and read, well prepared.

Dr Behic Alp Aytekin
Communications , Adnan Menderes Universitesi
April 4, 2016

A useful book to help encourage students to use social media in their research and broaden their range of texts. Well explained and with interesting and useful guidance, something I will be using very much now and in the future.

Miss Lisa m Evison
Teacher Training, Rotherham College of Arts & Technology
October 19, 2015

Very easy and informative for both teachers and students.

Dr Karin Steen
June 3, 2015

Very good book in this area where there are few accessible resources available for undergraduates. Used it to produce a basic handout on the topic in the hope that students who want to research in this way follow this up by reading the book.

Dr sally nash
Youth, Midlands Centre for Youth Ministry
May 12, 2015

Highly relevant as a text for all undergraduate students. Introduces social media to students and provides a basis for our Introductory study skills modules

Dr Peter Leadbetter
Health & Social Care, Edge Hill University
April 20, 2015

This book provides an interesting introduction to the use of social media for studying and researching. Additional focus on social media related methodologies would, however, have improved its relivance for student researchers.

Mr Michael Parsons
Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales
April 17, 2015

It just didn't suit my own purposes. I expected it to be a much more sophisticated analysis of research methodologies that utilise social media.

There are, however, a few valuable chapters (for students especially) about the relative strengths and weaknesses of internet research at large.

Mr Daniel Nuttall
SSTO, University of Central Lancashire
March 27, 2015

I would recommend this text to anyone wishing to complete research using Social Media.

Mr Matthew Hirst
Arts, Business and Social Science, University Campus Suffolk
March 26, 2015

A well written guide for students who are interested in engaging with social media for research purposes.

Miss Louise Stafford
Early Years Department, Solihull College
March 10, 2015

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