papers by topic: social capital

Social Capital (general) | Information-Seeking/Q&A | Social Support | Impression Formation/Impression Management | Privacy | Context Collapse


Ellison, N., & Vitak, J. (2015). Social media affordances and their relationship to social capital processes. In S. Sundar (Ed.), The handbook of psychology of communication technology (pp. 205-227). Boston: Wiley-Blackwell. [pdf]

Vitak, J. (2014). Unpacking social media’s role in resource provision: Variations across relational and communicative properties. Societies, 4, 561-587. doi:10.3390/soc4040561 (Open Access:

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.  [pdf]

Ellison, N., Vitak, J., Gray, R., & Lampe, C. (in press). Cultivating social resources: The relationship between bridging social capital and Facebook use among adults. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. [pdf]

Gray, R., Vitak, J., Easton, E., & Ellison, N. (2013). Harnessing social technology in students’ transition to college: Facebook’s role in student adjustment and persistence. Computers & Education, 67, 193-207. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2013.02.02 [pdf]

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. forthcoming). Washington, DC: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. [pdf]

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 [PPT] [pdf]

Vitak, J., & Ellison, N. (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. [link][pdf]

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 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (pp. 1213-1224). New York: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2441776.2441913 [pdf]

Vitak, J. (2012). The impact of context collapse and privacy on social network site disclosures. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 56(4), 451-470. doi: 10.1080/08838151.2012.732140 [link–it’s free all year on journal’s website]

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.[20% acceptance rate] [Top Paper Candidate] [pdf]

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. [pdf]

Steinfield, C., Ellison, N., Lampe, C., & Vitak, J.(2012). Online social network sites and the concept of social capital. In F. L. F. Lee, L. Leung, J. L. Qui, & D. S. C. Chu (Eds.), The Internet turning 40 (working title). New York: Routledge. [pdf]

Vitak, J., Ellison, N., & Steinfield, C. (2011). The ties that bond: Re-examining the relationship between Facebook use and bonding social capital. In Proceedings of the 44th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (CD-ROM). Computer Society Press.  [pdf]

Ellison, N., 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 (pp. 19-32). New York: Springer. [link] [pdf]

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.), The networked self: Identity, community and culture on social network sites (pp. 124-145). New York: Routledge. [link]