Accessing Social Explorer at a subscribing institution

How to get full access to Social Explorer

There are multiple ways you can access Social Explorer and obtain full access to our tools and resources.

If you do not wish to create an account

For those wishing to use OpenAthens: Many universities do not have OpenAthens setup in Social Explorer. Check with your university before you use it.

If you land on the Explore Maps page and see "Professional plan provided by" your institution in the header, it means that you now have full access to all tools and resources.

If you’d like to proceed by creating an account

It is enough to visit Social Explorer from your campus or library online once every three months to re-authenticate the license.

If your library does not subscribe to Social Explorer, contact us at and provide us with the name of the course as well as the name of the instructor at your university. We offer a complimentary three-month free trial to students.