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Staying current with your research

Using alerting services to receive latest published information on your research topic.

Feeds and aggregators

RSS Feeds
Many different websites and online resources use RSS feeds, usually indicated by a button such as RSS Icon. Clicking on this button and copying the feed into a "Reader" will allow you to monitor updates from the website.

Readers
A reader or aggregator is a website that will allow you to read all your feeds in one place. Popular readers are discussed in this article.

After copying the RSS feed from the site you are interested in there is usually an "Add" option that allows you to enter it into your Reader.

Social media

Twitter
Social media sites such as Twitter are important as a source of information and contact with a community of researchers. Up-to-date and current information on topics comes via a recommendation from those with shared interests.

Blogs
Blogs are often a useful way of keeping track of a scholar or publisher. Many researchers maintain an regular blog which can be monitored via an RSS feed or their Twitter feed.

Google alerts

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.

Enter the topic you wish to monitor, then click preview to see the type of results you'll receive.

Google Scholar also has an alert option. Once you have undertaken your search click on 'Create alert'.

Discussion forums and communities

Below are some examples of online communities or sites for finding the latest information on a topic.

The Conversation  - General commentary from a research and academic perspective.

LinkedIn  - A professional networking site.

Research Gate - Connect with other academic researchers.

Academia.edu - Connect with other academic researchers.

Mendeley - As well as being a reference management tool, Mendeley can connect you with other researchers through the Research Network.