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This is an incomplete list of my research publications, most of which are available online. Please email me if something isn't here or isn't linked, and I'll send it to you. My primary research interest is, and has been for many years, the ways in which new information and communication technologies shape social processes, and vice versa. My recent research program has focused on the social capital implications of social network site use and issues of self-presentation, relationship formation and maintainance, and impression formation in online contexts. If you are interested in using our measures, such as the Facebook Intensity scale, please view my Scales page. My work on social media and college access issues is collected here.

Ellison, N. B. & boyd, d. (2013). Sociality through Social Network Sites. In Dutton, W. H. (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 151-172.

Ellison, N., Gray, R., Lampe, C. & Fiore, A. (In press). Social capital and resource requests on Facebook. New Media & Society special issue: Ten years of Facebook.

Ellison, N. B., Gibbs, J. L., & Weber, M. S. (in press). The Use of Enterprise Social Network Sites for Knowledge Sharing in Distributed Organizations The Role of Organizational Affordances. American Behavioral Scientist. Pre press PDF: Final version here: http://abs.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/07/17/0002764214540510.abstract

Ellison, N., Vitak, J., Gray, R., & Lampe, C. (2014). Cultivating Social Resources on Social Network Sites: Facebook Relationship Maintenance Behaviors and Their Role in Social Capital Processes. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 19 (4), 855-870.

Ellison, N., Wohn, D. Y. & Greenhow, C. (2014). Adolescents’ visions of their future careers, educational plans and life pathways: The role of bridging and bonding social capital experiences. Journal of Personal and Social Relationships 31 (4), 516 - 534.

Brooks, B., Hogan, B., Ellison, N., Lampe, C., & Vitak, J. (2014). Assessing structural correlates to social capital in Facebook personal networks. Social Networks 38, 1-15. Final version here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378873314000033

Lampe, C. Gray, R., Fiore, A. and Ellison, N.B. (2014). Help is on the Way: Patterns of Responses to Resource Requests on Facebook. Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW). New York: ACM. (Honorable Mention)

Spottswood, E., Walther, J., Holmstrom, A., & Ellison, N. (2013). Person-centered emotional support and gender attributions in computer-mediated communication. Human Communication Research 39 (3), 295–316. 

Gray, R., Vitak, J., Ellison, N., & Easton, E. (2013). Examining social adjustment to college in the age of social media: Factors influencing successful transitions and persistence. Computers & Education, 67, 193-207. dpi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2013.02.02 

Wohn, D. Y., Ellison, N. B., Khan, M. L., Fewins-Bliss, R., & Gray, R. (2013). The role of social media in shaping first-generation high school students' college aspirations: A social capital lens. Computers & Education63, 424-436. [Email me for paginated copy]

Ellison, N. B. (2013). What is, and will be, the impact of social media on identity? Report commissioned by the UK Government Office for Science for a Foresight project on The Future of Identity.  

Ellison, N., Gray, R., Vitak, J., Lampe, C., & Fiore, A. (2013). Calling All Facebook Friends: Exploring requests for help on Facebook. In Proceedings of the 7th annual International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (pp.155-164). Washington, DC: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

Gray, R., Ellison, N., Vitak, J., & Lampe, C. (2013). Who wants to know? Question-asking
and answering practices among Facebook users. In Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW). New York: ACM.

Jung, Y., Gray, R., Ellison, N., & Lampe, C. (2013). Favors from Facebook Friends: Unpacking Dimensions of Social Capital. In Proceedings of the 2013 Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). New York: ACM.

Lampe, C., Vitak, J., & Ellison, N. (2013). Users and nonusers: Interactions between levels of Facebook adoption and social capital. In Proceedings of the 16th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (pp. 809-820). New York: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2441776.2441867

Ellison, N. B., Wohn, D. Y., & Heeter, C. (In press). A social capital perspective on games and higher education. In Tierney, W. G., Corwin, Z. B., Fullerton, T. & Ragusa, G. (Eds.) Postsecondary play: The role of games and social media in higher education. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press. [Email me]

Vitak, J. & Ellison, N. B. (2013). 'There’s a network out there you might as well tap': Exploring the benefits of and barriers to exchanging informational and support-based resources on Facebook. New Media & Society 15, 243-259.

Marwick, A., & Ellison, N. B. (2012). “There Isn’t Wifi in Heaven!” Negotiating Visibility on Facebook Memorial Pages. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 56(3), 378-400.

Stutzman, F., Vitak, J., Ellison, N., Gray, R., & Lampe, C. (2012). Privacy in interaction: Exploring disclosure and social capital in Facebook. In Proceedings of the 6th annual International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM).Washington, DC: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

Lampe, C., Vitak, J., Gray, R., & Ellison, N. (2012). Perceptions of Facebook’s value as an information source. In Proceedings of the 2012 Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: ACM.

Ellison, N. B., Wohn, D.Y., Khan, M. L. & Fewins-Bliss, R. (2012). Reshaping access: An overview of research on access to higher education, social media and social capital [White paper].

Ellison, N. B., Hancock, J. T. & Toma, C. L. (2012). Profile as Promise: A Framework for Conceptualizing Veracity in Online Dating Self-Presentations. New Media & Society, 14 (1), 45-62.

Vitak, J., Lampe, C., Gray, R. & Ellison, N. (2012). "Why Won't You Be My Facebook Friend?”: Strategies for Managing Context Collapse in the Workplace.In Proceedings of the 7th Annual iConference (pp. 555-557)New York: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2132176.2132286

Ellison, N., Vitak, J., Gray, R., Lampe, C. & Brooks, B. (2011). “Cultivating Social Resources on Facebook: Signals of Relational Investment and their Role in Social Capital Processes.” Paper presented at the iCS-OII 2011 “A Decade in Internet Time” Symposium. Oxford, UK. (This is now in press at JCMC; please use that version.)

Nardi, B., Ellison, N. & Lampe, C. (2011). "Understanding Science: Context for Senator Tom Coburn’s ‘Under the Microscope’ Report." In Interactions. New York: ACM Press.

Ellison, N.B., Steinfield, C. & Lampe, C. (2011). Connection Strategies: Social capital implications of Facebook-enabled communication practices. New Media & Society, 13(6), 873-892.

Smock, A., Ellison, N.B., Lampe, C. & Wohn, D.Y. (2011). Facebook as a Toolkit: A Uses and Gratification Approach to Unbundling Feature Use. Computers in Human Behavior. (Please email me for a copy.)

DeAndrea, D. C., Ellison, N., LaRose, R., Steinfeld, C., & Fiore, A. (2011). Serious social media: On the use of social media for improving students’ adjustment to college. The Internet and Higher Education, 15(1), 15-23.

Lampe, C., Wohn, D. Y., Vitak, J., & Ellison, N. & Wash, R. (2011). Student use of Facebook for organizing collaborative classroom activities. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 6(3), 329-347.

Ellison, N.B., Vitak, J., Steinfield, C., Gray, R. & Lampe, C. (2011). Negotiating privacy concerns and social capital needs in a social media environment. In S. Trepte & L. Reinecke (Eds.), Privacy Online: Perspectives on Privacy and Self-Disclosure in the Social Web. Heidelberg and New York: Springer.

LaRose, R., Wohn, D. Y., Ellison, N. & Steinfield, C. (2011). Facebook Fiends: Compulsive social networking and adjustment to college. Presented at IADIS Multiconference on Computer Science and Information Systems, Rome ITALY. (Email me for a copy)

Wohn, D.Y., Lampe, C., Vitak, J. & Ellison, N. (2011). Coordinating the ordinary: Social information uses of Facebook by adults. In Proceedings of the 6th Annual iConference. New York: ACM.

Vitak, J., Ellison, N., & Steinfield, C. (2011, January). Re-examining the relationship between Facebook use and bonding social capital: A focus on social provisions. Paper to be presented at the the 44th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Kauai, HI.

Wohn, D. Y., Lampe, C., Ellison, N., Wash, R., & Vitak, J. (2011, January) The "S" in social network games: Initiating, maintaining, and enhancing relationships. Paper to be presented at the the 44th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Kauai, HI.

Gibbs, J., Ellison, N. B., & Lai, C. (2011). First comes love, then comes Google: An investigation of uncertainty reduction strategies and self-disclosure in online dating. Communication Research, 38 (1), 70-100.

Heino, R., Ellison, N., & Gibbs, J. (2010). Relationshopping: Investigating the market metaphor in online dating. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships,27(4), 427-447.

Vitak, J., Zube, P., Smock, A., Carr, C., Ellison, N., & Lampe, C. (2010). It’s complicated: Facebook users’ political participation in the 2008 election. Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking, 14(3), 107-114.

Ellison, N., Lampe, C., Steinfield, C., & Vitak, J. (2011). With a little help from my Friends: Social network sites and social capital. In Z. Papacharissi (Ed.), A networked self: Identity, community and culture on social network sites. New York: Routledge.

Lampe, C., & Ellison, N. (2010). Friends vs. fans: Student athlete use of Facebook. In Proceedings of the 2010 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2010).

Steinfield, C., DiMicco, J. M., Ellison, N. B., & Lampe, C. (2009). "Bowling Online: Social Networking and Social Capital within the Organization." Proceedings of the Fourth Communities and Technologies Conference.

Ellison, N., Lampe, C., & Steinfield, C. (2009). Social Network Sites and Society: Current Trends and Future Possibilities. Interactions, 16(1). 6-9.

Steinfield, C., Ellison, N. & Lampe, C. (2008). Social capital, self-esteem, and use of online social network sites: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 29 (6), 434-445.

Lampe, C., Ellison, N., & Steinfield, C. (2008). Changes in Use and Perception of Facebook. In Proceedings of the 2008 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2008).

Ellison, N. (2008). Introduction to Social Network Sites. In Salaway, Gail and Caruso, Judith B., with Mark R. Nelson. The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2008 (Research Study, Vol. 8). Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, 2008, available from http://www.educause.edu/ecar.

Toma, C., Hancock, J. & Ellison, N. (2008). Separating Fact from Fiction: An Examination of Deceptive Self-Presentation in Online Dating Profiles. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1023-1036.

Ellison, N. & Wu, Yuehua. (2008). Blogging in the Classroom: A Preliminary Exploration of Student Attitudes and Impact on Comprehension. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 17(1), 99-122. [Email me for copy]

boyd, d. & Ellison, N. B. (2007). Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), 210-230.

Hancock, J.T., Toma, C., & Ellison, N. (2007). The truth about lying in online dating profiles. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2007), 449-452.

Ellison, N. Steinfield, C. & Lampe, C. (2007). The benefits of Facebook 'friends': Exploring the relationship between college students' use of online social networks and social capital. In Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(3), 1143-1168.

Lampe, C., Ellison, N. and Steinfield, C. (2007). A Familiar Face(book): Profile Elements as Signals in an Online Social Network. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, (San Jose, CA, 2007), ACM Press.

Lampe, C., Ellison, N. and Steinfield, C., (2006). A Face(book) in the Crowd: Social Searching vs. Social Browsing. In Proceedings of the 2006 20th Anniversary Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2006), 167-170. New York, NE: ACM Press.

Gibbs, J. L., Ellison, N. B., & Heino, R. D. (2006). Self-presentation in online personals: The role of anticipated future interaction, self-disclosure, and perceived success in Internet dating. Communication Research, 33(2), 1-26.

Ellison, N. B., Heino, R. D., & Gibbs, J. L. (2006). Managing impressions online: Self-presentation processes in the online dating environment. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 11(2), 415-441.

Ellison, N. (2004). Telework and social change: How technology is reshaping the boundaries between home and work. Greenwich, CT: Greenwood Publishing.