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  1. 1. Keeping up to Date with Research in the Social Sciences Susan Heaster - Faculty Team Librarian Tony Simmonds - Faculty Team Leader
  2. 2. Learning outcomes Enable you to:     Set up table of contents & saved search alerts Subscribe to RSS feeds in your subject area Create a personalised webpage Consider the role of social media in the research cycle
  3. 3. Keeping up to date  Vital for all researchers; BUT  Volume of new information is huge  Tools to manage information overload
  4. 4. Alerting services Why?  Helps save time by capturing relevant information and delivering directly to desktop How?  Set up a profile (username, password, email address). Do not need to be the same as your university details.
  5. 5. Receiving Alerts for new publications Publisher websites allow you to set up an email alerting profile to receive details of new titles for subjects of interest to you. Examples of key publishers in the area of social work:  Jessica Kingsley http://www.jkp.com/  Policy Press http://www.policypress.co.uk/  SAGE http://uk.sagepub.com
  6. 6. Communities of Interest: Mailing lists  JISCmail The mailing list provider for the UK academic community.  CataList A directory of the public LISTSERV lists on the Internet.  Yahoo Groups A directory of publicly available Yahoo groups  Google Groups Browse current and an archive of posts from 1995.
  7. 7. Services for keeping up to date with internet resources  Google Alerts http://www.google.com/alerts  Giga Alert http://www.gigaalert.com  Watch That Page http://www.watchthatpage.com  Change Detection http://www.changedetection.com
  8. 8. Alerts - journal publications  Table of Contents (TOC) Alerts - email notification when new issue of a specific journal title is published. Often receive the alert in advance of print publication.  Saved Search Alerts - save searches on chosen keywords/authors, then schedule to re-run automatically against new content in the database at a set frequency. Receive an email notification of the results.
  9. 9. Table of Contents (TOC) alerts  ZETOC (British Library) Access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents (ETOC). Covering all subject areas - approximately 28,000 current journals + 6,000 conference proceedings published every year. Alerts by email or RSS feed. https://zetoc.mimas.ac.uk/  JournalTOCs http://www.journaltocs.ac.uk/
  10. 10. Setting up saved searches  Some databases allow you to save search sets. Register with the database to use this feature.  Database interfaces differ, but principles of saving searches broadly the same.  Saved Search Alerts - re-run saved search automatically at    set intervals. email notifications Generally expire after a year delete / renew regularly (many expire after a year)
  11. 11. Databases Social science databases Some databases for you to try…      ProQuest host (e.g. ABI/INFORM, ASSIA, British Education Index, IBSS, Sociological Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts) Business Source Premier (EBSCO) Psycinfo (OVID) Scopus Web of Science All allow creation of Alerts which will deliver a report of new data associated with your saved search strategy via email.
  12. 12. Citation Alerts  Feature of Web of Science and Scopus  Notify when an article of interest is referenced or cited by another publication.
  13. 13. General tips  Databases may use different names for alerting services look for links to “Alerts”, “Updates”, “SDI”, “Save search”  Most databases allow multiple alerts:  Use separate alerts for different subjects  Give alerts meaningful names to organise them Be ruthless! Amend or delete any searches which are not returning helpful results.
  14. 14. What is an RSS feed? RSS = Rich Site Summary (or "Really Simple Syndication“) Pushes automatic updates when new content is available Suits frequently updated web sources - blogs, news Need an RSS Reader (also called feed readers, feed aggregators & news readers) to receive feeds  desktop-based (e.g. Outlook)  browser-based ( e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox)  web-based (Netvibes, Bloglines)  Find out more http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10628494    
  15. 15. Have a go…  Register for one of the feed reader services (e.g. Bloglines, NewsGator)  Identify a discussion group in your subject  Set up an alert for your favourite journals  Set up a saved search or a citation alert
  16. 16. Communities of Interest: Social Media • Web services where content is generated by users – Social interaction: communicate and collaborate – knowledge exchange: produce, disseminate, discuss and consume information Social media: A guide for researchers http://www.rin.ac.uk/social-media-guide
  17. 17. http://prezi.com/wpex31xj_9kv/what-the-tweet-social-media-forgrad-students/
  18. 18. Social media tools for researchers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Social & professional networking tools Social bookmarking Social citation sharing Blogging Microblogging Research & writing collaboration tools Reference management and sharing tools
  19. 19. Blogosphere  Online diary + multimedia  Fast, easy, free web publishing  Why …? Float ideas / reflect on developments? Feedback – informal peer review? Disseminate research findings? Engage with public outside HE? Build your profile / reputation?
  20. 20. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/
  21. 21. Blog writing tips  PGR Tips on writing great blog posts http://www.vitae.ac.uk/CMS/files/upload/PGR-Tips-issue54-on-blogging.pdf  So, You Want to Start an Academic Blog? Four Tips to Know Before You Start http://getalifephd.blogspot.com/2011/02/so-you-wantto-start-academic-blog-four.html
  22. 22. What is Twitter?  real-time information network  Updates tailored to what you find interesting  Tweet is a burst of information 140 characters in length (e.g. „headline‟ with links)  contribute or just follow conversations  good for networking - “virtual water cooler”
  23. 23. “Why do you find Twitter useful as an academic?” http://markcarrigan.net/  Isolation of a PhD - engage with global community - discussion, support, advice, exchange references  Engage with practitioners and experts - networking - reality check  Keep up to date - policy issues, developments, new ideas, blogs, publications, etc - augments F2F academic conferences, extends the conversations  Dissemination - increased visibility - spread word to non-academic audiences (public engagement) - shameless self-promotion
  24. 24. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2011/09/ 29/twitter-guide/
  25. 25. Research Communities Online  New generation of online research communities  Mendeley / Zotero: social networking built on reference management software (http://www.mendeley.com/ )  ResearchGate (http://www.researchgate.net/ )  Academia (http://academia.edu/ )  Build research profile  Manage and share references / papers; monitor impact  Ask / answer questions  Join networks of interest / find collaborators
  26. 26. Thank you for your attention. Any Questions?