Skip to main content

Networking and the blog


New research shows that networking is the most effective way to communicate innovative research, so why not consider the blog as a networking tool? Last Thursday a GSMZ workshop looked at the potential of blogs not only for tracking and publicising research but for keeping in touch with a community of bloggers and readers interested in the same thing, whether it be a specific research topic or the process of researching in itself. Have a look at some of these blogs by students and academics to see how the blog can communicate ideas whether it's used as a solitary pursuit or a team effort.

Postgraduate student blogging communities at Leicester

http://attic-museumstudies.blogspot.com/
http://www.newhistorylab.org/

PhD blogs
http://malenel.wordpress.com/
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/p/articles/phd_blog_43.jsp

Blogs by academics at Leicester
http://www.microbiologybytes.com/blog/

…and elsewhere
http://mat.gsia.cmu.edu/blog/
http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/

Comments

  1. What do you do when your discipline doesn't really understand blogging and thinks it's not really of any use?

    As an example, see this anthropology journal article:
    http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/123301409/PDFSTART?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0

    And some bloggers responses:
    http://ancientworldbloggers.blogspot.com/2010/02/blogs-dont-get-no-respect.html
    http://mediterraneanworld.typepad.com/the_archaeology_of_the_me/2010/03/metablogging-monday.html

    ReplyDelete
  2. That's quite common! I think blogs will become more accepted as time goes on, especially as blogs like ancientworldbloggers form communities that grow and gain respect within their disciplines.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Finding our training

I had some feedback last week that searching PROSE is not the easiest way to find out what library training is on offer.

We sympathise with you! An alternative is to look at the list of training on our Researchers page

Or you can look at brand new guide to the Postgraduate Researcher Workshop Programme

If you have any questions about the training please email Selina or myself: librarians@le.ac.uk



Library publishing services

The Library offers several services to help you publish and disseminate your research. We can help you publish reports, journals and conference proceedings. We also support the publishing of digital collections.

Research publications The Library can help you to publish one-off reports in an open access format. See this example from the SAPPHIRE Group in Health Sciences.  If you want to start a new open access journal or conference proceedings, we have our own version of Open Journal Systems (OJS). This is journal management and publishing platform for academic publications. Articles published through this system are free to any reader, and no APCs are charged to authors. 
Please contact Library Research Services for more information: librarians@le.ac.uk



Digital collections Some researchers will be collecting materials as part of a project, and may want to publish them online. The Library supports two platforms to do this:


Omeka.net.This is an easy to use platform for creating websites to d…

New RefWorks available now!

RefWorks allows you to manage all the references you have used in your assignments or research.
New RefWorks Users Create and organise a library of references that you can access via the webStore and annotate the PDFs of articlesImport references from bibliographic databases and other information sourcesCite while you write using add-in Word/Google Docs featuresAutomatically create bibliographies If you have never used RefWorks then see our Getting Started Online Tutorial
Existing RefWorks UsersWhy should you upgrade to new RefWorks? New RefWorks has lots of extra features: Store, view and annotate PDFsTag your referencesQuick Cite functionSave to RefWorks browser buttonWord 2016 citation toolbar (Add-In)Google Docs citation toolbar (Add-In)When should you upgrade to new RefWorks? New RefWorks and legacy RefWorks will both be available to use during the 2016/17 academic year to allow you to upgrade to new RefWorks at a time that suits you.
If you are currently working on your thesis and…