Answered By Library Staff
Last Updated: Dec 02, 2021     Views: 3

Yes, social media can be a tool to help you in your current and ongoing research. See below for tips on how to make these platforms work for your ongoing research needs! 

1. Find the search feature on the platform. You can search more than just hashtags! 

fb search on computer browser

While hashtags can create links within a post that quickly take you to a list of other posts using that hashtag, sometimes they don't show you all the relevant results, only those using a specific hashtag. Facebook and Twitter, for instance, also allow you to search by keywords to find posts that use them. Depending on your device, this could be located in different places. Look for a magnifying glass icon. You can even sort the results. 

This is what sorting on Facebook, after a search, looks like: 

 GIF on how to filter on the side

On Twitter, you can filter too: 

twitter search filters

You can also search online (such as in a Google search) for search tips from the platform of your choice, like these for Instagram. 

2. Create lists or join lists on Twitter to create a tailored feed to view conversations and for a particular topic. See this Verge article on how to do that.

Here is one created about copyright (also seen on the Copyright Research Guide): 

3. Create a Facebook feed of favorites to get only posts of specific pages and people in one tailored feed. Go here to learn how to add to the feed or see this link

4. Follow the experts on your topic to get more news when they post! If you are interested in ongoing research on veganism and social justice, search for specific accounts if you know the expert's name. Or, search hashtags relevant to your topic to find relevant accounts of people posting about that topic after verifying they are who they say they are

5. View the links below to more tips.