The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries is striving to prepare graduate students for success even after leaving UTA. Librarians in the Faculty Services department have branched out from assisting faculty, to realizing that our future faculty would benefit from guidance in navigating away from the traditional academic landscape to the new digital arena. In today’s academic world having a strong digital identity is more important now than ever.
The modern academic library can play an important role in developing a professional portfolio by providing the tools and knowledge necessary to establish a digital presence using social media, blogs, websites, scholarly identifiers, and institutional repositories. Being able to utilize these tools provides the student with a broader knowledge base for navigating the rapidly changing research environment of publishing, open access, copyright, and impact metrics.
Using a self - service 20 minute format to provide guidance, students will gain the skills and confidence to build their academic individuality or shape their corporate prowess.
Who's Your Audience? How Do You Find Them?
In the United States and Canada, curriculum vitae (Latin for “the course of a life”), or “CV” in common parlance, refers to a document that describes an academic’s educational background and professional experience. It’s often thought of as something like an academic’s resumé, with the important difference that the CV is typically comprehensive (and therefore long) and a resumé is selective (and short). A copy of your CV will frequently be requested when applying for academic jobs, grants, or conferences.
Refresh Your CV Often:
Follow the steps to create your CV and keep it up-to-date and ready to go!
1. Personal Contact & Education Information
2. Decide on a Structure: Identify Headings and Heading Order
Headings often include: Education, Research Interests, Professional Employment, Teaching Experience, Research Experience, Publications, Presentations, Honors & Awards, References (if applying for a job). They may also include: Qualifications/Skills, Grants & Fellowships, Institutional Service, Certifications, Professional Associations, Current Research, and Community Involvement.
3. Information under Each Heading
4. Proofread for Consistency and Errors
Registering with ORCID will help to increase visibility for your scholarly creative activities and ensure your name is properly associated with your scholarly work. One of the most common problems for faculty visibility is name ambiguity and the challenge of distinguishing your research with that of others. You need to be able to easily attach your identity to your research. Your research is of high scholarship and importance. Registering with one or both of these scholarly-focused options is a wise option to help you stand out in the crowd.
Creating a scholarly profile is important for several reasons:
ORCID is a non-profit organization that provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and ensures that your work is recognized.
1. Register with ORCID and receive your unique ID. Register here for free.
2. Create a personalized professional profile and link to your other identifiers (such as, ResearcherID).
3. Include your ORCID ID on your Webpage, when you submit publications, and apply for grants for research to ensure you get credit for your work.
Creating and maintaining a Google Scholar Profile can increase the status and reach of your scholarship and research. You can check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics.
Now you're ready to explore and review your citations! And don't forget to update your profile regularly. See Google Scholar Citations for detailed setup instructions and further information.
An institutional repository is a single, online place where a community gathers and preserves scholarly output produced by its members and makes these materials available to the world (copyright permitting). This output may include both publications in peer-reviewed journals and materials not published elsewhere (datasets, pre-prints, post-prints, performance recordings, syllabi, theses and dissertations, book chapters etc).
As defined by EnablingOpenScholarship, institutional repositories are "digital collections of the outputs created within a university or research institution." In simple terms, it is a collection of research and scholarship.
The UTA Libraries are proud to host UTA ResearchCommons, an online showcase of research, and scholarship, from the UTA community. UTA ResearchCommons is a digital repository for archiving, preserving, and, disseminating the creative, and scholarly research being produced by the University of Texas-Arlington community.
The UTA ResearchCommons makes your scholarship easily accessible and available in one online location. Works placed in the repository are more easily discovered in a common internet search. This greater access makes it easier for researchers around the world to discover your work. Additionally, researchers can cite these works with a permanent URL without concern for the disappearance or moving of online content. The UTA ResearchCommons Institutional repository opens up the accessibility of your research, increasing its visibility and usability by making it readily available online, which allows you to gain wider distribution of your scholarly output. It complements traditional publishing and expedites immediate access to your scholarly work.
A vast majority of studies have demonstrated the Open Access citation advantage by showing an increase by a rate of anywhere from 10% to 600%. Increasingly grants require research to be archived in an open access repository. UTA Libraries can gather usage data of your articles in the ResearchCommons. We also preserve your work in a central location.
For more information on UTA ResearchCommons and how to submit materials please visit the UTA Libraries Scholarly Communication: ResearchCommons research guide: http://libguides.uta.edu/scholcomm/rc or email:LIBRARY-RC@LISTSERV.UTA.EDU
The 30 Day Impact Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Raising the Profile of Your Research by Stacy Konkiel.
In a hugely competitive research landscape, one can no longer afford to just publish and hope for the best. To leave a mark, researchers have to take their impact into their own hands. But where do you start? There are so many ways to share, promote, and discuss your research, especially online. It’s tough to know where to begin.
In the chapters that follow, we share a tip per day (though you’re welcome to try out multiple steps in a single day, or do these challenges at your leisure). We challenge you to follow along and give each one a try.
If you’re up to the challenge, we guarantee that by the end of the month, your research will get a boost in exposure and you’ll also have made important connections with other scientists around the world.
|Wix (Librarian preferred site)||
The Wix design platform is completely free and customizable for everyone! The interface and editor are very user-friendly. It is set up for the novice user to be able to create, beautiful, detailed, and professional websites in a matter of minutes. It all depends on how much you put intoit, and the time you have to maintain it.
You get up to 500MB of storage and up to 500MB bandwidth with the free site version.
The format of the free Wix site URL is username.wixsite.com/sitename/page-url.
Wix is the librarian preferred site builder. After a few test drives, this site is highly recommended to let the user create professional looking website, with an easy to use interface and editor.
|Weebley (Second choice)||
Free account to set up your own site. Features a drag & drop website builder that requires minimaltech skills. There is no software to download, and you can access the Weebly Dashboard editor from any browser. Weebly App is also available for Iphone, Ipad and Android.