Current Awareness for SAgE PGRDP


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Current Awareness for SAgE PGRDP

  1. 1. SAgE PGRDP: Current awareness Keeping your research up-to-date Jenny Campbell Robinson Library November 2013 University Library
  2. 2. Today Objectives To introduce you to resources and technologies which will help you find and manage new information Aims Find out how to use email alerts and RSS feeds to stay up-to-date with news, information and new publications in your field Find out about tools which will help organise this information for you (Plus a brief look at using social media to keep upto-date with your research) University Library
  3. 3. Keeping up-to-date with new information How do you keep up with what’s new? Bookmark your favourite resources and check regularly? Is this the best use of your research time? Time consuming and repetitive Relies on you remembering Some sites don’t change very often Can become complicated if you need to check lots of sites YOU have to do all the work! University Library
  4. 4. Alternatives? Email alerts RSS feeds University Library
  5. 5. Email alerts  Many online resources have allowed you to set up email alerts for some time now…  Save your search strategy as an email alert  Receive an email every time new information is added to the resource which matches your search  You can usually determine the frequency (daily, weekly, monthly, etc...)  However, can quickly fill up your Inbox… University Library
  6. 6. How can RSS help?  RSS* keeps track of updates to your favourite websites  And delivers the new information to one location (or ‘home’)  So you only have one place to check *(Really Simple Syndication / Rich Site Summary) University Library
  7. 7. RSS videos ‘A Potted Guide to RSS’ ‘RSS in 100 seconds’ University Library
  8. 8. RSS feeds can deliver…     breaking news and events new posts from your favourite blogs and podcasts details of newly published research articles Tables of Contents (TOCs) from your favourite journals  Details of when a key article is cited University Library
  9. 9. Getting started with RSS 1. Subscribe to an RSS reader • There are lots of readers out there. E.g. Feedly, Netvibes, Bloglines • Also lots of mobile reader apps 2. Subscribe to RSS feeds wherever you see the icon • Paste the code into your reader – and you’re ready to go! University Library
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  15. 15. Keeping up to date with new publications: ZETOC  Database of British Library holdings (TOCs)  20,000 journals and 16,000 conference proceedings  Updated daily; dates from 1993 –  Email alerts and RSS feeds  Online Help videos Give your feedback University Library
  16. 16. Other online resources?  Email alerts and RSS feeds are available in many of our other online resources.  Explore your favourites… University Library
  17. 17. Using social media to keep your research up-to-date University Library
  18. 18. Context University Library
  19. 19. Researchers’ concerns about social media Plagiarism and copyright Too much choice Trivial Trust and authority? For social life only Volatile / unreliable Lack of clarity about benefits Little usage among peers University Library
  20. 20. Convince me! University Library
  21. 21. Tools and Tasks University Library
  22. 22. Blogs      Blogs (web logs) published for many reasons Academic / Research / Entertainment / Personal Anyone can now easily publish on the web Important to evaluate the information found Most blogs include an RSS feed University Library
  23. 23. Find academic blogs  Google BlogSearch  Research Blogging  Technorati  Use RSS feeds to subscribe to your favourite blogs University Library
  24. 24. Twitter  Growth in use for academic purposes  @nulibsage – The SAgE Library Liaison team  News from the Library, new resources, update on services, current awareness, subject updates  University Library
  25. 25. Twitter (2)  Who else is Tweeting?                  New Scientist @newscientist Nature @NatureNews Scientific American @sciam British Library @britishlibrary Times Higher Education @timeshighered British Council @BritishCouncil CERN @CERN Research Fortnight @ResFortnight RIN (Research Information Network) @research_inform VITAE @vitae_news CABI @CABI_News IMechE @IMechE Defra @DefraGovUK FSA (Food Standards Agency) @foodgov Soil Association @SoilAssociation Knovel @KnovelUpdates And lots more…. University Library
  26. 26. Becoming an Informed Researcher What do you need to know? IR Booklet Library Help Individual consultations Library workshops IR in Blackboard