Humanities PGR ModuleSESSION FIVE: KEEPING     UP-TO-DATE             STEVE MCINDOE                AMAR NAZIR
Learning outcomesAt the end of this session you will be able to: Identify relevant current awareness services Set up ale...
Current awareness services    Help keep you up-to-            date       Alert you to new         information    Cover a w...
Types of alertsEmail alerts• Daily, weekly or monthly updatesRSS feeds• Really Simple Syndication• RSS readers (Google Rea...
Using RSS to follow blogsRSS in Plain English
Journal Table of Contents (ToC) alerts       Journal titles       • Publishers websites       Aggregated services       • ...
Database search alerts Many databases offer alerting services Types of alerts vary:  Tables  of Contents   Saved Searc...
Google Alerts     Google               Google Scholar• News                  • Articles• Blogs                 • Theses• V...
Google Scholar coverageAcademic publishersProfessional societiesOnline repositoriesAcademic websites
Google Scholar alertsAdvantages                 Disadvantages No need for an account    Limited management Unlimited nu...
Discussion listsAdvantages                    Disadvantages Fast response to             Lots of irrelevant  questions  ...
Some examples H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences  Online  http://www.h-net.org Google Groups  https://groups.google.c...
Why JISCMail? Specfically for the HE/ FE and research community Facilitates knowledge sharing within UK-centred  academi...
Web-logs / BlogsDefinition                    Key features“a personal website or         Free & easyweb page on which an ...
Research blogs are often used to … Build conversation on a topic or issue Test ideas and thoughts Share research, opini...
Collaboration using MendeleyKey features:1. Reference manager2. Read and annotate PDFs3. Networking4. Collaboration
Collaboration in MendeleyCreate and Use Groups
Further informationwww.manchester.ac.uk/libraryjrulresearchers.wordpress.com
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  • Updates on new information in your research area.Information from a huge range of resources. Journals, books, conferences, websites, news, government publications and more.Different services cover different things. Will also include blogs, Twitter etc. Increasingly used within academia.
  • Emails -Register for services, set your search options, receive updates as new items are published.RSS feeds – dynamic updates. Can receive search alerts but also notifications of new online information.
  • Short video (3 mins) on RSS. RSS readers. Google Reader probably most commonly used but there are several.
  • Useful for monitoring core journals in your field.Can set up alerts for new issues of journals. Can also set up alerts for keywords and authors.Inidividual titles offer ToCs in many cases, as do publishers. Aggregated services combine information from wide range of publishers, titles and subject areas.Exercise 1: Setting up alerts in Zetoc
  • Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Scopus, Web of Knowledge, EBSCO, MLA InternationalTypes of alerts will vary between databases. Will look at WoK for its coverage of arts and humanities, social sciences. Exercise 2: Setting up a saved search alert in Web of Knowledge
  • Sometimes called “electronic mailing lists”. H-Net – Humanities and Social Sciences online discussions.
  • Sometimes called “electronic mailing lists”. H-Net – Humanities and Social Sciences online discussions.
  • Subject pages and Researcher pages. Research blog for training materials, Twitter, news.
  • Session 5 keeping up to date

    1. 1. Humanities PGR ModuleSESSION FIVE: KEEPING UP-TO-DATE STEVE MCINDOE AMAR NAZIR
    2. 2. Learning outcomesAt the end of this session you will be able to: Identify relevant current awareness services Set up alerts in a range of services Understand and use subject discussion lists Identify sources of further information
    3. 3. Current awareness services Help keep you up-to- date Alert you to new information Cover a wide range of sources
    4. 4. Types of alertsEmail alerts• Daily, weekly or monthly updatesRSS feeds• Really Simple Syndication• RSS readers (Google Reader, Bloglines etc)
    5. 5. Using RSS to follow blogsRSS in Plain English
    6. 6. Journal Table of Contents (ToC) alerts Journal titles • Publishers websites Aggregated services • Zetoc • TicTocs, JournalTOCs
    7. 7. Database search alerts Many databases offer alerting services Types of alerts vary:  Tables of Contents  Saved Searches  Citations Registration usually required (free)
    8. 8. Google Alerts Google Google Scholar• News • Articles• Blogs • Theses• Videos • Books• Discussions • Abstracts• Real time • Conference• Everything! proceedings
    9. 9. Google Scholar coverageAcademic publishersProfessional societiesOnline repositoriesAcademic websites
    10. 10. Google Scholar alertsAdvantages Disadvantages No need for an account  Limited management Unlimited number of options without an alerts (WARNING!) account New innovations  Results vary from full- Easy to cancel alerts text to abstract to basic reference
    11. 11. Discussion listsAdvantages Disadvantages Fast response to  Lots of irrelevant questions emails! Instant contribution to discussions Access to expertise
    12. 12. Some examples H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online http://www.h-net.org Google Groups https://groups.google.com JISCMail http://www/jiscmail.ac.uk
    13. 13. Why JISCMail? Specfically for the HE/ FE and research community Facilitates knowledge sharing within UK-centred academic community Thousands of groups covering many categories
    14. 14. Web-logs / BlogsDefinition Key features“a personal website or  Free & easyweb page on which an  Onlineindividual records  Open to anyoneopinions, links to other  Instantsites, etc. on a regular  Two-way conversationbasis.”  Self-regulated  Accessible anywhere(Oxford English Dictionary)  Etc.
    15. 15. Research blogs are often used to … Build conversation on a topic or issue Test ideas and thoughts Share research, opinions, resources, news, etc. Receive a wider audience than academic journals Disseminate or publicise own research & publications Build networks and contacts between researchers with common interests Etc.
    16. 16. Collaboration using MendeleyKey features:1. Reference manager2. Read and annotate PDFs3. Networking4. Collaboration
    17. 17. Collaboration in MendeleyCreate and Use Groups
    18. 18. Further informationwww.manchester.ac.uk/libraryjrulresearchers.wordpress.com
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