Staying current with the literature

Another useful feature of different databases includes the ability to set up ‘search alerts’, which allows you to receive alerts of new articles that meet your search criteria. This is an excellent way to keep up-to-date with your research.

It is also possible to set up alerts for:

  • The latest tables of contents for specific relevant journals.
  • Citation alerts whenever a particular article is cited by someone.
  • Upcoming conferences and calls for papers.
  • Websites, social media, and Google.

See the library guide to Staying current with your research for more details and examples.


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Conferences are an important part of staying current with intellectual and academic developments and discussions. There are diverse websites that will alert you of upcoming conferences. Papers are sometimes available via conference websites or accessible via databases.

The Alerts Library Guide lists a number of conference directories.


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