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Current Awareness

Tools and tips for staying up-to-date on research and published literature in your field.


You can use Twitter to stay current by following news sources, organizations, and professional associations. You can track hashtags devoted to your field, professional association, or professional gathering. Hashtags are often designated at conferences for users to post and read comments and updates on conference events in real time. For more about Twitter see our guide on using Twitter for Professional Development.


You can use LinkedIn to create a professional persona by uploading a resume, search for jobs, connect and communicate with professionals and organizations. When following organizations, you can follow Group pages or Company pages. A Company page is written in the company voice; to showcasing company news, events, and other information. A Group page is more of a discussion forum; where company, employees, and others can engage with one another. 

For more information, please see this Social Media Best Practices guide's LinkedIn page.