Studying Effectively

Keeping up to date

Why do this?

Keeping up-to-date with recent publications and developments in different fields is vital for anyone involved in ongoing study. However, the sheer volume of new information can be overwhelming. Current awareness services, sometimes called alerting services, can help you manage the amount of information available.

What you can do

Alerting services from publishers can keep you up to date with new books and other information.

Have you thought about using social media to help you keep up-to-date?  Lots of tools allow you to communicate and collaborate with like minded people

Using saved search functionality and alerting tools within bibliographic databases can help you keep track of new research being published in your discipline.

Maybe you have a favourite journal and you want to view the table of contents as soon as it is published. 

You will have seen RSS icons on many webpages.  This allows you to automatically receive updates to websites via an RSS reader.

Mailing lists and discussion groups are also a good way to collaborate with people interested in similar subject areas.

Current awareness services


Further reading

Reading and interpreting sources and data


People who can help

Talk to someone in your school or a specialist support service


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