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Reading, Writing and Publishing After You Leave U of T

Supports the course of the same name in the Graduate Professional Skills Program.

Academic blogging

Academic blogging has exploded in the last few years. Blogs can be useful for:

  • current awareness
  • following an individual's work
  • entering into conversation with others
  • increasing your impact and visibility

To search:

Google blog search

Technorati - search for posts (for very specific topics) or for blogs

Further reading:

Using social media as a researcher

Resources on academic blogging and social media


Annette Markham: Social media, methods and ethics

Dan Cohen's Digital Humanities Blog

Random stuff that matters - Stian Haklev

More from Stian Haklev:

Crooked timber - top ranked academic blog (Technorati)

Econ Academics Blog

HASTAC - Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory


Research Blogging - "a system for identifying the best, most thoughtful blog posts about peer-reviewed research."

ScienceBlogs - includes social sciences and humanities blogs


Twitter is a microblogging service where you can follow others' posts (tweets) or be followed yourself. Tweets are grouped by hashtags (#), but can also be searched by word or phrase.

Twitter guide - for academics

Twibes - find people with similar interests, e.g.

Social network sites

Specialized social network sites (SNSs) can be useful for networking and current awareness.

Examples: - "a place to share and follow research"




Mendeley - reference manager as well as SNS



Discussion forums

Discussion forums, although an older technology, continue to be a good place for networking and current awareness.

To find a listserv:

CataList - catalogue of listserv lists