Stay Alert! Keeping Your Humanities Research Up-to-Date

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Workshop description: Tired of spending your time surfing the web for current research in your humanities discipline? Feeling a bit overwhelmed with the amount of new scholarly literature created in your field? During this hands-on workshop, we'll talk about email alerting services and RSS ("Really Simple Syndication") feeds, and how these tools can help you keep up-to-date in the humanities. Using selected library resources, such as the library catalog and library databases along the lines of MLA International Bibliography and Historical Abstracts, we'll demonstrate some strategies for collecting wide-ranging scholarly information into your email inbox and into an RSS feed reader.

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Stay Alert! Keeping Your Humanities Research Up-to-Date

  1. 1. 12/8/2009 Stay Alert! Keeping Your Humanities Research Up-to-Date Presented by Karen Reiman-Sendi University Library Technology Workshop November 2009 Stay Alert  "One of the effects of living with electronic information is that we live habitually in a state of information overload. There's always more than you can cope with." -Marshall McLuhan The Best of Ideas, CBC Radio, 1967 Stay Alert  Workshop Outline  What are research alerts  Alert examples using library databases and Google  What is RSS  RSS example using Bloglines reader  Q&A 1
  2. 2. 12/8/2009 Stay Alert  What are research alerts?  Can be notification of new journal articles or journal issue table of contents  Can be notification of new database (or search engine) citation alerts, based on a search profile you create  Alerts are emailed Stay Alert  Mirlyn saved search example  http://mirlyn-classic.lib.umich.edu/ Stay Alert  Examples of database or search engine results alerts  CSA (MLA Int’l Bib)  EBSCO (America: History & Life)  Google 2
  3. 3. 12/8/2009 Stay Alert  “Setting up a good suite of feeds can transform inefficient, slow and frustrating research into a powerfully different experience.” – Marshall Kirkpatrick (http://marshallk.com/introduction-to-rss- syndication/) Stay Alert  What is RSS?  Really Simply Syndication (or Rich Site Summary)  Standard protocol that allows syndication, that allows content to be aggregated from multiple sources  Will bring content to you  Aggregator (Wikipedia); List of readers Stay Alert  RSS in plain English 3
  4. 4. 12/8/2009 Stay Alert  How do I read RSS feeds?  Aggregators  Can be web-based  Can be browser widgets or plugins  Can be email applications Stay Alert  Popular RSS feed readers  Bloglines.com  Google Reader  NewsGator  FeedDemon Stay Alert  Examples  New Books  University News Service  UM Press New Books  Duke University Library catalog 4
  5. 5. 12/8/2009 Stay Alert  Some databases have RSS feature (like Short Story Index or Philosopher’s Index); be sure to read the database Help content  Some search engines have RSS feature such as Yahoo & Microsoft Bing Stay Alert  Some journal web sites have new article RSS feeds  Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality  Arts & Humanities in Higher Education  Journal of the History of Collections  Project MUSE journals Stay Alert  Look at your professional association web sites for feeds  American Academy of Religion: http://www.aarweb.org/  U.S. Government  NEH: http://neh.gov/  RSS Library: http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Reference_Shelf/Libr aries/RSS_Library.shtml 5
  6. 6. 12/8/2009 Stay Alert  News sites typically have RSS feeds  http://www.cnn.com and http://www.nytimes.com/ Stay Alert  Blogs have RSS feeds  http://mblog.lib.umich.edu and American Historical Association blog (http://blog.historians.org/) Stay Alert  Questions?  Contact me:  Email: karsendi@umich.edu  IM (AIM, MSN, Yahoo): karsendi@umich.edu  Facebook: Karen Reiman-Sendi  Phone: 734/615-3958 6

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