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2. Find & Manage Research Literature: Keeping Current

A guide to finding and managing your literature

Keeping current

Keeping up to date is an important part of academic research. This guide outlines a range of tools you can use to keep up to date. Contact your Subject Librarian for specialist advice and help. 

Types of alerts

Topic: You are alerted whenever new articles matching your search terms are published.

Table of Contents (TOC): You are alerted whenever new table of contents are published for selected journals.

Citation: You are alerted whenever a new article cites a particular journal article. The following databases provide a citation alert feature: Google Scholar, ScienceDirect


Google Scholar alerts

To set up an alert on Google Scholar:

  • Type in keywords to describe your topic.
  • On the Search Results page, click Create Alert on the left hand side of the screen.
  • You can also use Google Scholar to set up citation alerts and to follow authors who have a Google Scholar profile. 
  • More information

Search alerts and RSS feeds

Alerts can be sent to you via:

  • email and/or

  • RSS (Really Simple Syndication) 

Most publishers and databases offer both options.

By email

Alerts appear in your email inbox.


RSS alerts are collated and sent to your nominated RSS reader. 

There are different types of readers:

  • Email based reader, e.g. Microsoft Outlook
  • Apps to collect and read feeds, e.g. Feedly


How to set up RSS

Look for the orange RSS feed icon  RSS

Note: If the feed url from a database contains you may have to remove it.

Web based reader: Feedly

Various RSS Reader Apps can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store or Mac App Store. Feedly is a good option. 

Email based reader: Microsoft Outlook

Use the desktop version of Microsoft Outlook to create the feed.  The feed can then be viewed on any device.

  1. A default folder "RSS feeds" should appear with the rest of your email related folders.
  2. Right-mouse click on the folder and select Add a new RSS feed


Who to Contact

Social Media & Research Networks

Many researchers use Twitter to share and promote their research.  Use Twitter to:

  • Follow researchers, journals or organisations in your research area
  • Keep up to date with social media postings from conferences.
  • Share research with others.  
  • Improve your research impact.  Learn more about Altmetrics

 The following are examples of academic research communities that enable researchers to post and share research. You can use them to find and follow people with similar research interests. 

Using social media as an academic: Ways to create a sense of community and boost your profile

Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities: A guide for academics and researchers