Below is a list of suggestions on how you can keep up to date in your area of interest.
One of the most effective ways to keep up to date in journal literature is to save and re-run searches on the most relevant databases for your subject.
Many databases provide an email alerting service.
To find the best databases for your subject and how to set up their alerting services check your subject in the Library Subject Guides. Scopus and Web of Science provide excellent alerting services, as well as an opportunity to save and re-run searches.
Journal Alerting Services
Zetoc Alert is a table of contents alerting service which will email you the contents pages of your chosen journals every time a new issue is loaded into the database. It is updated daily so you may be emailed within 72 hours of publication.
JournalTOCS is a journal alerting service from JISC
Cited Reference Searching
Identify articles which cite an original piece of published research.
Keep up-to-date with cited referencing in Scopus and Web of Science.
There is a Conference Alerts service which includes a searchable database of forthcoming academic conferences and a free alerting service.
For details see the CONAL Conference Alerts site.
Research Discussion Lists
Electronic discussion lists are a valuable way for researchers and academics to share information and ideas by e-mail or via the Web.
Below is a selection of some of the most popular discussion lists.
- JISCMAIL is the major electronic mailing list for the UK higher education community. The search headings include people and subjects.
- CataList is a catalogue of LISTSERV internet discussion lists with access to over 47,000 lists.
Use the Index to Theses to search for theses published in the UK and Ireland.
EThOS is a British Library service whereby theses are made available in digital form. Downloading full text theses directly from EThOS requires free registration.
Limit your search to full text theses by ticking the 'Limit search to items available for immediate download' box on the search screen.
Many publishers will send you regular emails or RSS feeds to alert you to new books.
Some online booksellers provide an alerting service which emails you details of new books in a specified field.
Amazon offers a free a "notification preference" though you will need to register.