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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. Exercise2: Setting up a saved search alert in Web of Knowledge
  • 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.
  • Keeping up to date

    1. 1. SESSION FIVE: keeping up-to-date<br />Steve mcindoeamar Nazir<br />Humanities PGR Module<br />
    2. 2. Learning outcomes<br />At the end of this session you will be able to: <br />Identify relevant current awareness services<br />Set up alerts in a range of services <br />Understand and use subject discussion lists<br />Identify sources of further information<br />
    3. 3. Current awareness services<br />
    4. 4. Types of alerts<br />
    5. 5. RSS feeds<br />
    6. 6. Journal Table of Contents (ToC) alerts<br />
    7. 7. Database search alerts<br />Many databases offer alerting services<br />Types of alerts vary:<br />Tables of Contents<br />Saved Searches<br />Citations<br />Registration usually required (free)<br />
    8. 8. Google Alerts<br />
    9. 9. Google Scholar content<br />
    10. 10. Advantages<br />Disadvantages<br /><ul><li>Fast response to questions
    11. 11. Instant contribution to discussions
    12. 12. Access to expertise
    13. 13. Lots of irrelevant emails!</li></ul>Discussion lists<br />
    14. 14. Further information<br />

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