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Keeping up to date


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Presentation as part of the University of Bath Library and Learning Centre Research and Information Training Seminars, 2006

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Keeping up to date

  1. 1. Keeping up-to-date An overview of tools available to keep up-to-date with new research. Prepared by Kara Jones & Jane Hill Library & Learning Centre University of Bath September 2006
  2. 2. Keeping up-to-date <ul><li>How do you currently stay informed about new research and publications in your field? </li></ul><ul><li>On a scale of one to ten (ten being excellent), how well do you manage new information? </li></ul>
  3. 3. But first, some background… <ul><li>Assumptions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer literate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know of and use library databases/indexes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Library website: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Resources for your subject’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Overview <ul><li>Keeping up with new journal issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>journal table of contents alerting services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Database searches: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>set up your search as an alert </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Website updates: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Establishing knowledge communities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic mailing lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference announcements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Case study 1 Professor Jill Politic is an academic in the Dept. of Economics and International Development. She wants to keep up to date with the key journals in her field of research, without constant visits to the library or to the publisher website. How can Jill keep up to date?
  6. 6. Case study 1 <ul><li>She wants to keep up to date with the key journals in her field of research , without constant visits to the library or to the publisher website. </li></ul><ul><li>Solution: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Table of Contents (ToC) Alerting Services such as Zetoc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have the contents pages of new journal issues sent to you by email or RSS. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Zetoc <ul><li>Access to the British Library’s Electronic Table of Contents (ETOC). </li></ul><ul><li>Each year: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20,000 journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>16,000 conference proceedings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15 million article and conference records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1993 to present </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zetoc is also a searchable database for journal articles and conference papers. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Zetoc Email Alert <ul><li>Zetoc Alert is a current awareness service that sends emails directly to you every time new data is loaded into Zetoc that matches your criteria. </li></ul><ul><li>You can set up Alerts for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the table of contents from particular journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for keywords from article titles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for author's names. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Each list can contain 50 items for 1 year. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Zetoc Alerts <ul><li>Zetoc is listed on the library website under ‘Online resources’, ‘Databases/Indexes’, ‘Z – Zetoc’, ‘Zetoc Alerts’. </li></ul><ul><li>Sign in / create list name. </li></ul><ul><li>Add journals / author or title searches. </li></ul><ul><li>Alerts will be sent to your email address when new content is added to the Zetoc database matching your criteria. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Link to Zetoc </li></ul>
  11. 11. Zetoc RSS <ul><li>Journal title alerts sent to your feedreader, not via email. </li></ul><ul><li>Search for a journal via title, or browse via subject category. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the orange RSS button and add to your feedreader. </li></ul><ul><li>When a new issue is added to the Zetoc database, a feed will be sent with the ToC. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Screenshot / Camtasia of Zetoc RSS </li></ul>
  13. 13. Solution <ul><li>Prof Polity can subscribe to Zetoc table of contents alerts to receive either an email or a RSS feed whenever a new issue of her key journals are published. </li></ul><ul><li>She could also set up alerts via publisher websites, as many offer this function. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Case study 2 <ul><li>Bill Byte is a postgraduate student in Computer Science, focusing on </li></ul><ul><li>artificial intelligence. </li></ul><ul><li>His topic is inter-disciplinary and he needs to keep up with research in fields such as computing, psychology and neuroscience. </li></ul><ul><li>How can Bill </li></ul><ul><li>keep up to date? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Case study 2 <ul><li>Bill needs to be alerted to research as it is published in variety of fields. </li></ul><ul><li>Solution: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Saved search alerts from relevant databases/indexes </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Keeping up with new articles Database alerts from saved searches <ul><li>Databases and indexes are tools allowing you to search for topics by using keywords (topic, author, titles, etc) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emerald </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web of Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PsychInfo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eric </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compendex </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Even though the library may have a subscription, you will need to create your own sign-in for alerts. </li></ul><ul><li>Set up your profile on a database to deliver alerts when material matching your search parameters is added. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Saving searches <ul><li>Each database may be different but the concept is the same: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for a link to ‘My profile’ or ‘Saved searches’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up a profile with your email address </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Run your search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save your search as an alert </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Screenshot / Camtasia examples of search options from databases </li></ul>
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  20. 25. Web of Science <ul><li>Saved searches and ALSO citation alerts via email and via RSS </li></ul>
  21. 27. Solution <ul><li>Bill Byte, our Computer Science postgrad can keep up with current research by setting up saved search alerts in a variety of databases. </li></ul><ul><li>This way he will be emailed whenever something matches his parameters instead of returning to each individual database repeatedly during his research. </li></ul>
  22. 28. Case Study 3 Jennifer Genome is a researcher in molecular biology. This is a fast moving field, and she needs to keep up to date with the progress of her peers. Many scientists maintain their own websites to discuss their research, which they update constantly. Other research is frequently reported in newspapers and journals online. How can she keep up to date?
  23. 29. Case study 3 <ul><li>Jennifer needs to keep up to date with online commentary from weblogs, newspapers and other frequently updated sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Solution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS newsfeeds </li></ul></ul>
  24. 30. Keeping up with websites <ul><li>Using XML webfeeds (RSS or Atom) and a feedreader to keep up to date with websites. </li></ul><ul><li>Used by websites that update regularly - ‘Push technology’ </li></ul><ul><li>You need a ‘feedreader’ (aggregator). </li></ul><ul><li>Webfeeds allow you to organise new information into manageable chunks. </li></ul><ul><li>No subscribing/unsubscribing when you go on holidays, no spam, no alerts caught up in day-to-day mail. </li></ul><ul><li>A feed on a website is commonly indicated by any of these icons. </li></ul>
  25. 33. Journals with webfeeds <ul><li>Institute of Physics </li></ul><ul><li>Nature Publishing Group </li></ul><ul><li>New England Journal of Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>New Scientist </li></ul><ul><li>New Statesman </li></ul><ul><li>Oxford University Press </li></ul><ul><li>PLoS - Public Library of Science </li></ul><ul><li>Project MUSE </li></ul><ul><li>PsycARTICLES </li></ul><ul><li>Royal Society of Chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><li>SIAM </li></ul><ul><li>Springer </li></ul><ul><li>University of Chicago Press </li></ul>American Chemical Society American Institute of Physics American Physical Society arXiv e-print archive BioMed Central Blackwell Synergy BMJ Journals Cambridge Journals Online Cell Press Crystallography Journals (International Union of Crystallography) EDP Sciences Emerald Engineering Village 2 (Compendex) HighWire Press IEEE Xplore Ingenta Connect This list is maintained by the University of Liverpool Library:
  26. 36. Feedreaders <ul><li>Downloadable feedreaders: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedreader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awasu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SharpReader </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web-based feedreaders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newsgator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul></ul>
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  28. 38. Saving feeds
  29. 40. Solution <ul><li>Jennifer can keep up to date using her feedreader to manage updates from regularly updated websites. </li></ul><ul><li>Her information is delivered to her desktop and organised into manageable ‘chunks’. </li></ul><ul><li>Many websites are adding RSS/XML feeds to their pages, especially weblogs, news and journal sites. </li></ul><ul><li>A website with many RSS feeds may offer an OPML file, which is a collection of feeds that can be imported into your feedreader. </li></ul>
  30. 41. Case study 4 Lily Level is a new lecturer who has just moved to a position with the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She needs to find key conferences and mailing lists to build networks amongst her peers. How can Lily keep up to date?
  31. 42. Case study 4 <ul><li>Lily needs to find key conferences and mailing lists to build networks amongst her peers. </li></ul><ul><li>Solution: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools for building communities of knowledge </li></ul></ul>
  32. 43. Building Knowledge Communities <ul><li>Academic mailing lists </li></ul><ul><li>Conference websites </li></ul><ul><li>Social Bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  33. 44. Building Knowledge Communities <ul><li>Academic mailing lists: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional bodies maintain listservs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Websites that provide conference announcements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> (academic conferences) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> (Higher Education & Research Opportunities in the UK) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Weblogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easily updateable websites in the style of a journal, maintained individually or by a group. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frequently listing a blogroll, or list of favourite weblogs. </li></ul></ul>
  34. 46. Social Bookmarking <ul><li>Like your ‘favourites’ list kept on the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Use ‘tags’ to describe each document </li></ul><ul><li>Science – </li></ul><ul><li>Technology - </li></ul><ul><li>General – </li></ul><ul><li>Using tag clouds to see what’s popular. </li></ul>
  35. 47. “ ..a free service to help academics to share, store and organise the academic papers they are reading.” A “tag cloud” – showing the most popular subjects – click and follow to articles on these topics.
  36. 48. Tag cloud
  37. 51. Solution <ul><li>Lily can develop an online community of people interested in the same field of study by joining mailing lists, watching out for conferences, and using social bookmarking to find relevant related research. </li></ul>
  38. 52. Key ideas for keeping up-to-date <ul><li>Delivery of information to your desktop </li></ul><ul><li>Organise updates into manageable ‘chunks’ </li></ul><ul><li>Think of ‘keywords’ </li></ul><ul><li>Set profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Use new web-based tools for organising and sharing. </li></ul>
  39. 53. What would you recommend? <ul><li>Case study: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Joe Wallaby is an international postgraduate student in management. He wants to keep up with journal articles published on his research topic. What would you recommend for Joe? </li></ul></ul>
  40. 54. What would you recommend? <ul><li>Case study: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marcus Wright is a lecturer in chemical engineering with a special interest in educational technology. How can he keep up to date with innovations and conversations on this topic? </li></ul></ul>