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Why Use Social Media in Your Research?

Why Use Social Media? Some benefits of using social media for research include:

  • Keeping up-to-date with topics
  • Following other researchers' work
  • Discovering new ideas or publications
  • Promoting current work/research
  • Making new research contacts

What is Social Media? Social media refers to any online medium through which people or groups can create, organize, edit, comment on, combine, and share content. Examples: 

  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts
  • Third-party websites including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google Plus.


When you use social media in the classroom, please consider relevant issues such as copyright, violations of academic integrity and inappropriate content.

Social media may be appropriate in some instances and not in others.

See the Citation tab of this guide for information on how to cite social media.


Social Media Research Guides

Social Media: Guide to Searching Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Videos, Images, etc.- Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Evaluating Social Media-Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD

Social Media Planning-National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Getting Started with Social Media: A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations and Government Agencies   - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 

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