Studying Effectively

Website mailing lists & discussion groups

Website alerts

In many subject areas, it is possible to sign up for newsletters which alert you to new websites or online content. These are a useful filter to the vast amount of information published on the Web. An example is the Scout Report.

Funding opportunities

Various website exist to keep you up to date with funding opportunities 2 examples are:

  • The University of Nottingham’s Research and Graduate Services website.
  • The Research Professional website provides information on funding opportunities plus news on research policy and politics from across the world. Applying for a personal account allows you to set up email alerts for funding opportunities and news, or save complex searches to rerun them at a later date. 

Mailing lists or discussion groups

Subject specific email discussion lists allow users to:

  • share ideas
  • engage with others working in their field
  • announce events and find out about developments in the field.

You can be added to a list to automatically and receive messages sent to the list by other members. You can join in, start a new discussion, or simply listen. 

A good place to search for an academic mailing is Jiscmail. Some mailing lists are free to join, others will require you to apply to the list owner. 

Checking a website alert


Further reading

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Finding resources

People who can help

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