This guide suggests ways in which academic staff and researchers can keep to date with new publications and services.
New books alerting service
There are many online booksellers that provide an alerting service and will email details of new books in your area of interest. Some of the popular alerting services are:
Journal Alerting Services and Table of Contents (TOC)
The main TOC service the University Library subscribes to is ZETOC, which provides access to the British Library’s electronic table of contents service from 1993 to date, with daily updates. The database contains approximately 20 million journal and conference records, with 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conferences added per year. Zetoc Alert is a current awareness service which emails you the table of contents of your selected journals.
Another useful journal alerting service is offered by Informaworld.
JournalTOCs is a journal alerting service aimed at researchers.
Sage Journals email alerts are available online.
Saving and re-running database searches
Many databases allow you to re-run searches on a regular basis to catch new articles or conference papers on your key research topics. Please go to your subject guides to access the relevant databases.
Subject gateways and portals
Subject gateways are kept up-to-date and are a useful source for finding quality information on the Internet. Many include their own alerting services and details of current awareness services available in particular subject areas. To access a listing of good subject gateways use Pinakes.
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS feeds allow you to sign up for alerts or notifications from different sites. When the site is updated or new content added, an alert is sent to one single site called a feed reader or news reader or news aggregator which you have subscribed to.
To use RSS feeds you need to sign up to a news reader. There are many commercial ones including Bloglines or Google Reader (click on ‘Reader’).
Learning Resources has a series of Blogs that cover the latest goings on in all of our libraries/LRCs. You can view them online or set up RSS feeds.
If you want to find out what other blogs are available use the blog search engine Technorati .
Monitoring changes to web pages
ChangeDetect is a free service that saves your favourite web pages, monitors content for changes and sends an automatic email notification to you whenever your web pages are updated. You need to register online.
Electronic discussion lists
JISCmail is the national academic mailing list service aimed specifically at Higher Education and research communities.
To keep up-to-date with forthcoming conferences you can register at Conference Alerts for a free alerting service.
The Education Conference Listings Service from Education-line is a freely accessible calendar for education and training related conferences as notified by their organisers and giving information about conference locations, content and contact details.
Teachers’ TV is an excellent resource for everyone who works within education. Just register online for free downloads and schedule alerts.
For help and advice on any of the current awareness services listed, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarians.