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Build a Professional Digital Identity

What does your online digital presence say about you?

Share your Curriculum Vitae

It is increasingly common for professionals and academics to create public professional identities online and build networks of connections and colleagues.  Use these to post and share your professional and educational achievements.

These networks are typically free for at least a basic profile, provide opportunities to share career news and messages, provide a place to make public your work and educational history, and can serve as a resource for those looking to hire new staff or investigate potential business contacts. 

To use these:

  • Upload your complete Curriculum Vitae, employment history and achievements, and education
  • Keep it up to date with new presentations or career changes
  • Keep up with career changes of peers and colleagues
  • Follow interesting and influential peers' posts
  • Look up potential new hires or employers is a platform for freelancers and entrepreneurs that is commonly used to create a simple biographical page with contact information that is findable by Google and other search engines. More elaborate options are available for a fee, but the base site is free.

  • Primary User Community : Freelance and contract workers, creatives, and entrepreneurs
  • Openly searchable
  • Indexed by Google, etc.
  • Use to promote freelance work


LinkdIn icon  LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one of the most popular career networking sites for professionals of all professions, and is designed to easily display work and educational history, and to promote networking and career development. It is commonly consulted by hiring managers when considering new candidates and often serves as an effective self-submitted employee directory for a variety of companies.

  • Primary User Community : Professionals and Job-seekers
  • Openly searchable with some password-protected content; membership is free
  • Indexed by Google, etc.
  • Very effective at displaying employment history
  • Awkward but possible to display publications
  • More commonly used for non-faculty positions - very widely used by hospitals, community professionals, higher education administration, corporations, etc.

Note: LinkedIn has special resources for students.

Note: You can connect your professional LinkedIn account with your Canvas profile by clicking a button within Canvas.


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Mendeley, owned by the publisher Elsevier, is a social research network and citation management utility designed to highlight researcher's affiliations and publications, provide new connections and networking between researchers with similar interests, and offer personalized suggestions of new articles to read or people to follow. Its citation management utility will also store captured or uploaded citations in your personal account and generate formatted bibliographies in a wide variety of publication styles.

  • Primary User Community : Academic researchers, scientists and students
  • Create a Profile to share your publications, affiliations, interests
  • Find new articles to read based on your shared interests
  • Make new connections with peers by searching by name or via the Public Groups
  • Join Public Groups to follow interests
  • Create Private Groups to collaborate on projects

See the Citation Management Guide for more information about citation management using Mendeley


ResearchGate icon ResearchGate

ResearchGate is one of the most popular networking for-profit sites for academics, and is designed to easily display publications or presentations.

  • Primary User Community : Faculty & Researchers
  • Openly searchable
  • Indexed by Google, etc.
  • Green Open Access platform
  • Use to display and promote published academic work to other academics

Note : While ResearchGate is very widely used, many scholars are beginning to view it as engaging in predatory behavior in its efforts to earn a profit. At present, it is still recommended due to its broad general adoption in the biomedical research community, but this may change.


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SciENcv, or the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae, is a researcher profile system for all individuals who apply for, receive or are associated with research investments from federal agencies. SciENcv is available in My NCBI, your personal ID on the US National Center for Biotechnology Information site. This resource is designed to ensure consistency across online identities in the federal research system, and to eliminate the need to re-enter biosketch information with every contact.

  • Primary User Community : Scientists & Researchers with US Govt. Grant Funding
  • Openly searchable
  • Use to display and promote federal grant-funded works
  • Use to manage and maintain one federal BioSketch for all required information
  • Data is owned and controlled by researchers who upload it