After studying this section you will know how to keep up-to-date with current research on your topic.
Keeping up-to-date or staying current in your field of research is becoming increasingly difficult as the amount of information available grows exponentially and the number of tools available increases.
Follow the hints and tips on this page to keep up-to-date more effectively and efficiently with the most recently published information in your field.
Saved searches: Most databases offered by the University Library allow setting up automatic searches (alerts). This will save valuable time since this will keep you from having to repeat your searches.
The alert automatically searches the database for the latest records matching your saved searches. The database will then send you updated relevant results by e-mail or RSS feed.
Your saved search may also be a citation (author) search.
Web of Science, Scopus and EBSCO have helpful step-by-step instructions for saving searches and setting up search alerts.
Citation alerts: in Scopus and Web of Science it is possible to set a citation alert. You will be notified each time a particular article is cited by another author.
Most academic publishers offer to send tables of contents by e-mail. By selecting the journal(s) you want to monitor, you can get an e-mail with the table of contents of each new issue sent out to you.
Most providers and publishers have this option: e.g. JStore, EBSCO, ScienceDirect.
You have to register or set up an account for this service.
JournalTOCs is the largest, free collection of scholarly journal Tables of contents: 29.780 journals, including 12.200 selected Open Access journals and 11.326 hybrid journals from 29.19 publishers. JournalTOCs alerts you when new issues of your followed journals are published.
It is not possible to set up a SmartCat alert. However, you can save your searches in SmartCat:
You can now repeat the search by clicking on Saved searches (top right of the screen) and choosing your previous search.