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This is the first of a series of posts about the Reading List feature in SAGE Research Methods. This post will explain how Reading Lists work and in subsequent posts I will explore ways to use them in teaching, guiding researchers, or building community around a research topic, method, or discipline.
First, what are “Reading Lists?” They are collections of resources created by SRM users. Lists can contain any and all types of resources available in SRM: books or chapters, articles or cases, datasets or videos. Users can choose to make their lists public, or to keep them private.
Reading Lists posted by other users can be found under the Research Tools dropdown menu. When you click the link, you will be presented with search options. Use the search box to look for public lists.
You can also search by method or discipline.First. let’s look at what you can do with a user-generated list, then let’s look at how to create one. For the purpose of this demonstration, I will use my lists. You can find them by typing “Salmons” into the search box. You will see that I have zealously created many lists! Some are quite robust, others include just a few resources. I continue to update them as I discover materials I want to save, categorize, and revisit. Feel free to use them.
Also included in my list are some created by others. If you see one that interests you, click to add it so you see it in your own list.
You will see additional options, including the ability to download citations for the resources in the list.
You can also choose to embed the list in your online classroom or your blog/website. This is a feature I will discuss in more detail in future posts about the instructional potential of Reading Lists.
The same menu gives you the option of sharing the list with colleagues, collaborative partners, or students. Under the share button you also have the ability to post your list on social networking sites.
How do you create your own lists?
Start by searching SRM on a topic of your choice. Once you have located a resource you want to save in a list, click the button labeled”List.” It will give you the option to create a new list. Name it, add a description, and simply click to add. Or, once you have created one, you can add this resource to an existing list, which you can select from the dropdown.
Public or Private?
You can decide whether your lists are public or private. If you want to allow other SRM users to benefit from your curation, and have the option to share your list with others in your own network and/or the online world, make it public. If you are creating the list for your own reference and prefer not to share it, choose to keep it private.
Give it a try!
Find user-generated lists. Begin your own list. If you make it public and would like to share it on Twitter, please include @einterview so I see it. I readily confess that this is one of my favorite SRM features, and I look forward to seeing what you create! Questions? Ideas for using social Reading Lists? Use the comments area.
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