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Getting information to come toyouCurrent awareness tools forPhilosophy Researchers
Current awareness methods    When researching a topic it is vital to make sure you    are keeping up to date. There are so...
1. Journal contents alerts    http://zetoc.mimas.ac.uk     www.tictocs.ac.uk• British Library service      • ticTOCs table...
2. RSS Feeds What is RSS?• “…a format for delivering regularly  changing web content” (Attitude Group,  2011)• This is usu...
What can I use RSS for?                             Journal feeds –                                               Saved se...
RSS Readers                         www.google.com/reader                               Once you have your account set-up,...
www.netvibes.com RSS Feeds: Netvibes• Netvibes is a personalized start page• Useful for managing RSS feeds- you can subscr...
3. Databases: saved searches  • Many Philosophy databases will allow you to create search alerts e.g.    Philosopher‟s Ind...
4. Databases: citation alerts • Citation alerts can be set up to notify you when a particular journal   article is cited b...
5. Social Media•   Blogs•   Twitter•   Personalised pages•   Social bookmarking
Blogs• Many blogs contain good philosophical content  and discussion.• A list of many philosophy blogs can be found  here:...
http://twitter.comTwitter •   Microblogging site •   „Follow‟ someone to receive updates •   Search for topics •   Up-to-t...
Social Bookmarking   Social Bookmarking sites allow you to save references and   bookmarks to an online account, which you...
SummaryCurrent awareness tools help you to:• Save time and effort• Save and organise items• Tap into formal and informal s...
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Keeping up to date with philosophy

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Keeping up to date with philosophy

  1. 1. Getting information to come toyouCurrent awareness tools forPhilosophy Researchers
  2. 2. Current awareness methods When researching a topic it is vital to make sure you are keeping up to date. There are some useful methods for doing this:• Journal contents email alerting services• RSS feeds• Saved searches and search alerts• Citation alerts• Social Media
  3. 3. 1. Journal contents alerts http://zetoc.mimas.ac.uk www.tictocs.ac.uk• British Library service • ticTOCs table of contents service• Over 20,000 titles • Over 14,000 titles• Add journals to your list • Search for journals and save• Receive alerts by email or to list RSS feed • View citations and links to• Easy to use full text (where subscription allows) • Export to a RSS reader
  4. 4. 2. RSS Feeds What is RSS?• “…a format for delivering regularly changing web content” (Attitude Group, 2011)• This is usually referred to as a „web feed‟ or „news feed‟, and makes it possible to subscribe to content from a site without having to visit the page to check for updates.• You need a free RSS reader e.g. Google Reader, Bloglines
  5. 5. What can I use RSS for? Journal feeds – Saved searches Table of from databases Contents (TOC) Publisher feeds •New books or Blog posts or research papers updated •Most read or most websites cited publications Latest news RSS Favourite user‟s bookmarks, feeds articles or Reader photos
  6. 6. RSS Readers www.google.com/reader Once you have your account set-up, Add a new you can add RSS feeds from subscription using websites and blogs to your reader this button and view them all in one place. All subscriptions shown in this column New items shown in bold with number in brackets
  7. 7. www.netvibes.com RSS Feeds: Netvibes• Netvibes is a personalized start page• Useful for managing RSS feeds- you can subscribe to e.g. journal contents pages or blogs and view them all on one page.• See Philosophy Library‟s Netvibes page below www.netvibes.com/lewylib#Journals-Latest_Issues
  8. 8. 3. Databases: saved searches • Many Philosophy databases will allow you to create search alerts e.g. Philosopher‟s Index, Web of Knowledge and Scopus. • Lets you know about new articles and citations of articles on your topic • Includes RSS feeds, email alerts and saved searches 2. Click on the 1. Perform a „Recent searches‟ search in a link at the top database right of the screen Rerun the 3. Choose tosearch as often create an alert oras you choose. RSS feed.
  9. 9. 4. Databases: citation alerts • Citation alerts can be set up to notify you when a particular journal article is cited by new articles added to the journal or database (e.g. Web of Knowledge, Scopus). • You can choose to receive the alerts by email or RSS feed.Creating a citation alert in Web of Knowledge
  10. 10. 5. Social Media• Blogs• Twitter• Personalised pages• Social bookmarking
  11. 11. Blogs• Many blogs contain good philosophical content and discussion.• A list of many philosophy blogs can be found here: http://consc.net/weblogs.html• The Philosophers Carnival highlights some of the best philosophical blogging each month• Two useful blog search engines are: ▫ Technorati ▫ Google Blog Search• Many blogs have RSS feeds or email alerts
  12. 12. http://twitter.comTwitter • Microblogging site • „Follow‟ someone to receive updates • Search for topics • Up-to-the-minute philosophy news • Debate and exchange ideas with others • John Basl maintains a list of philosophers on Twitter, which can be browsed or followed: http://twitter.com/johnbasl/philosophers/mem bers
  13. 13. Social Bookmarking Social Bookmarking sites allow you to save references and bookmarks to an online account, which you may choose to share with others. You may also discover and keep up to date with articles on your subject by browsing by subject or tags. Social bookmarking sites include : • Delicious See the Library‟s delicious page here: http://delicious.com/phillib • Connotea Save links to journal articles, websites and other eresources of interest. Designed for scientists. Some reference management sites also allow you to share reference lists, so you can collaborate with other researchers. • Zotero • Mendeley
  14. 14. SummaryCurrent awareness tools help you to:• Save time and effort• Save and organise items• Tap into formal and informal sources• Share information

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