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Copy of Social media for research: Other useful widgets and tools

social media created by Lucy Keating


Widget wonders

Fireman's School - demonstrating magneto (LOC)

This section highlights some handy, free web social media widgets and tools.

These help you do all sorts of things, from managing everyday research admin tasks, to aggregating material from several sources into one neat web page.

Scheduling and listing events

George Gaskell and Colm Muircheartaigh , c1980s


NACA High Speed Flight Station "Computer" Room

Tracking visitors


Keeping up to date with newsfeeds and alerts

Example of a search alert RSS feed

Most of our databases allow you to set up search alerts, so that you'll automatically be alerted when new articles are published which match your search, or when a new issue of a key journal is published.

You can usually set up such alerts by email or RSS feed, such as this example from Historical Abstracts.

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Aggregating and curating content

Visualisation tools

There are many free tools available which enable you to create professional-looking 'visuals' to help convey your research, such as infographics, flowcharts, timelines and context-sensitive explanation.

Explore! Find a useful social media tool

Try it! Make your own widget

Learn more: Managing online meetings with Elluminate

Apps Swap recommendations

A selection of the apps recommended at a recent Apps Swap in the Library. More information can be found here.