Keeping up-to-date is essential for staff and research students. There are a wide range of current awareness services available which can make this task easier in addition to the more well known Twitter and other social media tools. These services can deliver current information from publishers, databases, websites, journals and citation trackers to your desktop via a range of options and apps.
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Check to see if any graduate dissertations on your research topic have been submitted to UK and Irish universities. The Proquest Dissertations and Theses database is the most comprehensive available record of doctoral theses from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The collection offers the most comprehensive available listing of theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716.
Subject alerts allow you to be notified when articles are published that match your subject criteria. Most databases allow you to save searches and set up saved search alerts that send you any new items that matches your search. This is one of the advantages of using the database directly rather than always using MultiSearch.. Click here for a full list of Dkit's databases
There are a number of services that provide alerting services for new publications on the Web, including:
Other ways to stay current is to follow people in your research field via their blogs, Twitter or by joining or creating groups on academic social networking sites such as Mendeley, ResearchGate, Academia.edu and the Social Science Research Network.
To find other blogs of interest try http://researchblogging.com/. In addition to blogs from individuals, there are also blogs from respected journals and academic institutions such as: