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Introduction to Scholarly Communication

This short Library video will introduce you
to scholarly communication. Scholarship isn’t static; it’s a conversation
that’s constantly evolving as research findings are shared, published, built upon, proven
correct or discredited. That’s what academia is all about — people
producing research and others responding by criticizing, supporting and / or building
upon that research, which then generates new ideas and new knowledge.
The knowledge produced and shared through this cyclical process is scholarly communication.
There’s different ways to contribute to scholarship. You might already be familiar with scholarly
journals. Other ways research and /or data might be
shared include: on websites, open repositories, at conferences or discussions on blogs or
other online communities. Because scholarly communication is a conversation
where ideas can be debated over long periods of time
it’s important to know that conversations can evolve, they have a history and we don’t
know where they will end. When researching, it’s important to know that
a source might not represent the only — or even the dominant perspective on a topic.
Some questions such as the capital of a country or the boiling point of a chemical element
might have a single answer but there are many that don’t.
As you read, write and talk in your studies you will gain knowledge about the unique language,
processes and approaches in different subjects. This will help you understand the contributions
of particular articles, books and other scholarly pieces to help you understand the conversations
that are going on. Good researchers seek out a variety of perspectives
within conversations, not just the ones that they agree with.
While we can find scholarly communication by academics documented in places like academic
journal articles and books, there’s ways you can play a role in scholarly
communication happening around you at the university.
As student there’s a variety of ways to contribute to scholarly conversations –this might include
participating in class discussions, submitting to an undergraduate research journal or doing
a conference presentation or poster. If you have more questions about scholarly
communication or want help exploring scholarly conversations, Ask Us. Chat, E-mail, phone,
or drop by. This concludes the short library video on
scholarly communication.

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