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Social Work Doctoral Student Library Research: Scholarly Impact

A guide to help incoming doctoral students in the field of Social Work. This guide is to introduce the students to key library resources to help them with their research and scholarship.

Boost your Scholarly Impact and Digital Identity

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.

Managing Your Scholarly Output Guide

Online Presence -- Do You Need One?

Who's Your Audience?  How Do You Find Them?

  1. You need to understand the environment of each social media platform.  Certain people are more  attracted to certain platforms for certain reasons. Not everyone who uses Facebook uses LinkedIn or networking sites.
  2. Some people like sharing photos on Instagram or Flickr, others would rather use text to Tweet.
  3. Not only does the type of communication available on each platform differ, but the expectations for communication differ as well.
  4. Some academics have a personal website, use Google Scholar or Researchgate to promote their research.
  • Want people to know you exist
  • Want to build a reputation for yourself - get your name & research out in the public arena
  • Research impact is extremely important to getting hired - achieving tenure and promotion
  • Useful for locating collaborators
  • What Kind of Online Presence Do You Want?
    • Academic
    • Professional
    • Both
  • Create a Google Scholar Profile
  • Post content to online
    • set up a website
    • post research/material to Slideshare or Figshare
    • Join  scholarly or professional networks: ( or
    • Use social media to talk about your research (Twitter, Wordpress, YouTube, Instagram or Facebook)

Steps to Success

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.  Related image

Refresh Your CV Often:

  • Act quickly on job positions, as well as grant & professional development opportunities.
  • Take stock of your career trajectory and identify gaps in your research, teaching, and professional experiences.
  • Re-write your CV for the positions you want or consider having multiple CVs to suit different purposes.
  • Keep an up-to-date online profile (for example, on LinkedIn or our institutional repository) so that potential collaborators may find you.
  • Highlight your most important achievements and record your most recent activities that you may forget later.


Follow the steps to create your CV and keep it up-to-date and ready to go!

1. Personal Contact & Education Information

  • Include your name, email address, mailing address, and phone number. You may choose to include your LinkedIn profile or a website that you keep updated. 
    • Note: You don't need to include the words "Curriculum Vitae" or a heading that says "Personal Information." Your name should be as large as-- or larger than-- the other headings on the page.
  • List your academic degrees, with most recently earned first, including institution name, city, state, date awarded, and dissertation/thesis title and advisor, if applicable.

2. Decide on a Structure: Identify Headings and Heading Order

  • Browse CVs in your field to get an idea of typical CV structure in your discipline. Note the types and order of the headings.  Education typically comes first, followed by research and teaching experience. 

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 

  • Use reverse chronological order whenever possible.
  • Consider placing the date ranges to the right of the main information (e.g. position descriptions) rather than to the left.
  • Consider using verb statements to keep your descriptions succinct.

4. Proofread for Consistency and Errors

  • Keep headings consistent in capitalization, bold or plain font, and punctuation.
  • Check for spelling and grammar errors.
  • Give your CV to a peer and ask them what jumps out at them; be sure your CV is able to be scanned quickly for important points.

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:

  • The same authors name could be written in different ways, or more than one researcher may have the same name
  • There may be different versions of a name, or the use of initials could be used in place of a full name
  • Some researchers could change names because of marriage or other reasons
  • Registering with ORCID and ResearcherID can help to eliminate any confusion between your work and that of a fellow researcher.

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.

  1. Create or sign in to your Google account to set up your Author Profile. Google recommends using a personal account so that your profile is independent from your institutional account. Note that accounts and emailaddresses are different. You will need to use your official UTA email in your profile since Google Scholar requires valid university email addresses.
  2.  Add your articles to your profile (or skip this step and do it later).
  3. Choose or decline automatic updating.
  4. Click the "Go to my profile" button.
  5. Your profile will default to private.  Click the "Make it public" link to change the status.  You can change the status at any time by clicking the "Edit" button and checking/unchecking the "Make my profile public" box.  

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).


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:  or email:LIBRARY-RC@LISTSERV.UTA.EDU

Beware Predatory Publishers

This is an archive copy of the latest edition of Beall’s list before it went dark. As scholarly publishing moves quickly, this static list will lose relevancy over time. Check out this check-list to help make future decision making easier.

Beall’s List:
Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers

This is a list of questionable, scholarly open-access publishers. I recommend that scholars read the available reviews, assessments and descriptions provided here, and then decide for themselves whether they want to submit articles, serve as editors or on editorial boards. In a few cases, non-open access publishers whose practices match those of predatory publishers have been added to the list as well. 

Today's Challenge

  • Create a website using Wix or Weebly
    • Develop your Home page -- Bio 
    • Insert a photo from the gallery
    • Add your contact information
    • Add your CV or Resume (if you have one if not practice with on of the samples) 
  • Create a Google Scholar Profile (for academics with published works)
  • Create an ORCID account (for academics with or without works)
  • Set up social media account, (one you do not already have)
    •  Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook

Samples for Practice

The 30 Day Impact Challenge

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.


National & International Resources

The Scholarly KitchenOfficial blog of the Society of Scholarly Publishing.

SherpaRomeo, For a reference on copyright concern about self-archiving, this database houses many publishers policies.

SPARC Author Addendum, The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has a brochure on breaking out from traditional publishing methods and offers authors an option of an addendum to help keep their authors rights to their work.

ACRLAssociation of College and Research Libraries is committed to working to reshape the current system of scholarly communication, focusing in the areas of education, advocacy, coalition building and research.

ARLThe Association of Research Libraries Scholarly Communication program encourages the advancement of effective, extensible, sustainable, and economically viable models of scholarly communication that provide barrier-free access to quality information.

Create Change, Get More From Your Academic Research.

10 Things You Should Know About Scholarly Communication, ACRL put together 10 major points about scholarly communication.

Creative Commons, Share your work with the world legally, but have it protected too.

Websites - You might like to explore

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

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.

Free account version offers many options.  Drag & drop website builder means you do not need to have tech skills.  No software to download, access the Weebly Dashboard editor from any browser.  Download the Weebly App available for Iphone, Ipad and Android.  Responsive right out-of-the box.