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In this section you’ll find information and guidance on keeping up to date with developments and publications in your research field.
New research is always being published and you need to ensure you keep abreast of new developments in your field. If you’re working on a doctorate or masters degree by research, it’s important to be aware of work published as you do your research, up to (and perhaps beyond) your viva.
An alert is an email that informs you when something new becomes available on an electronic resource, for example new sources on a database or new items on a website.
A feed, also called an RSS feed, Atom feed, or web feed contains updated information from a web site. You can subscribe to feeds from lots of different web sites and then use a browser or a feed reader to see any new updates from all your feeds.
Many of our specialist resources such as databases have an option to set up alerts.
Journal and magazine websites will often allow you to sign up to alerts containing the contents pages of new issues.
Online news services provided by news broadcasters, companies, societies and organisations often have the option to sign up for feeds. You can also sign up for feeds to blogs.
You can find a directory of academic mailing lists at https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/mailinglists/a-z/ You can also set up an account there and subscribe to lists.
You may wish to spend a few moments considering the following questions to make sure you are choosing the most relevant resource:
When considering social media, bear in mind privacy policies- with whom do you want to share your information, what are you going to share?