|One of the oldest and most popular
resources on the Internet are Discussion Lists (a.k.a Mailing Lists or
listservs), whose means of
distribution is through e-mail. Subscribing to a Discussion List requires only an e-mail
account, using any mail programme.
If you want to discuss with other academics or distribute (non-commercial) information for
example, you should join a Discussion List. They are extremely informative, circulating
job postings, conference call for papers, lecture topics, and many other subjects.
The concept behind Discussion Lists is quite simple: E-mail
messages are sent to an automated List by individuals, and the List then sends it out to
its members, allowing you to take part in quick and easy group discussions. To become a
member of a particular List, follow the instructions listed on their
websites. Once you are subscribed to a List, you will
receive e-mail to your account automatically (daily or weekly depending on the size of the
List) of all the topics being discussed from the day you subscribe. You will also receive
instructions on how to unsubscribe from the List, how to post messages, etc.
To find Discussion Lists appropriate to
your interest, search any of the major search engines
(such as Google) using keywords
and adding the word +listserv in your search or consult the CHIN
List of Discussion Groups.