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Current Awareness Tools

Did you know that you can automatically be informed of new issues from a favorite journal or newsletter, then have the Table of Contents delivered right to you via your email?

There are many tools one can use to stay current and up-to-date in their profession. In addition, individuals have varied interests. Current Awareness Tools, such as RSS feeds and email alerts, can help you stay up-to-date on the latest published information, research, and articles.


Journal Issue or Table of Contents (TOC) Alerts

Most journal web sites offer TOC alerts. The process of creating a TOC alert varies from publisher to publisher. At the journal homepage, look for a link to "E-Alert Sign Up" or "Issue Alert."

After you create an alert, you will be notified by email when a new issue of a journal is available or a journal article is published that meets your search criteria.

Two of the most popular methods for creating then maintaining a level of current awareness is with email alerts or the next generation tool, an RSS feed.


Current Awareness Resource Tools


  • Email Alerts
  • Once you create an email alert, you will be notified by email when a new issue of a journal is available or a journal article is published that meets your search criteria.

    Find the journal you are interested in.

    Look for a link to "E-alert Sign Up" or "Issue Alert", or something to that effect.

    Follow the instructions at the particular site.

    Some publishers will ask you to create a username and password, while other publishers simply ask you to provide an email address.

    That's it! You're done!

  • RSS Feeds
  • RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is a piece of code that allows new web content to be updated and displayed in a RSS reader / aggregator.

    Another name for this news reader is an aggregator.

    So, what is a "news reader"? Simply put, it is a web page where you can subscribe and read news feeds, or RSS-enabled content.

    These news readers can be web-based or installed in your computer. There are many to choose from and we have listed a few of our favorites.

    Whenever new content is added to the journal or newsletter you have chosen, you will be notified via your RSS reader or favorite aggregator.

    This is a convenient way to know, at once, whether your journal or newsletter choices have published something new without having to visit each individual site.

  • RSS Readers / Aggregators
  • Here are a few recommended RSS Readers available for FREE:

    Bloglines
    FeedBurner
    FeedDemon
    FeedReader

    Make your choice then download. It is that easy. Now you are set to receive RSS feeds for the journals and newsletters you have signed up to have delivered to you.


    Page Last Updated: April 30, 2014


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