Research Guide: Staying Current in Your Field
It is crucial for graduate students, researchers and academics alike to keep up-to-date with the most recently published information and developments in their field. Nobody would like to be caught off guard not knowing about a new insight or discovery! There are several digital technologies and current awareness services that you can use to keep up with different types of latest literature and research information in your field.
The Library has a subscription to BrowZine, which is a tool that delivers thousands of academic journals to your tablet, iPhone/Android phone or the web. Besides enabling you to read and browse journal issues through a single interface, it also allows for tracking of your favourites and getting alerts for new issues to read via app or the web.
For instructions on how to install BrowZine, please visit http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Library/Pages/browzine.aspx
Search alerts notify you of new articles that match a search query. Databases that provide search alerts allow search queries to be saved and re-run automatically on a regular basis. After setting up a search alert, you will be notified of the new articles matching your search queries via email or RSS.
The ways of setting up of search alerts differ in different databases. Below is an example of how to set up search alerts in the EBSCOhost database, which is generally applicable to most databases.
- Run a search and view your search results.
- Click the Share link and select E-mail Alert or RSS Feed from the resulting pop- up menu. The Create Alert window appears over the result list.
- If you have not done so already, click the Sign in link in the alert window to sign into your My EBSCOhost folder.
4. Set your alert parameters and click Save Alert.
Alternatively, you can watch the short tutorial below on how to create search alerts in the EBSCOhost database.
Here are some NTU-subscribed databases that provide search alerts:
Table of Contents (ToC) Alerts
Table of Contents alerts allow you to be automatically notified via email or RSS when the new issue of a journal is published and provide information on the table of contents of these new issues.
The ways of setting up of ToC alerts differ in different databases. Below is a short tutorial of how to create ToC alerts in the EBSCOhost database, which is generally applicable to most databases.
Here are some NTU-subscribed databases that provide ToC alerts:
Citation alerts notify you of new articles citing an article of your choice. Databases that provide citation alerts will send such information to you automatically. After setting up a citation alert, you will be notified of the new articles citing your desired article via email or RSS.
The ways of setting up of citation alerts differ in different databases. Below is an example of how to set up citation alerts in the Web of Science database, which is generally applicable to most databases.
To create a citation alert, you must be a registered user and you must sign in to Web of Science.
- Sign in to Web of Science.
- Run a search from the Search or Advanced Search page to find records for which you want to create a Citation Alert.
- From the Results page, select the title of a record to go to the Full Record page.
- Click the Create Citation Alert link to open the Create Citation Alert overlay dialog.
- Your e-mail name will appear in the EMail Address field. Select an e-mail format: Plain Text, HTML, EndNote, or Field Tagged.
- Click the Create Citation Alert link to create the citation alert for the current record
- Click the Close button to return to the Full Record page.
- Select Saved Searches & Alerts from the My Tools menu to go to the Saved Searches and Alerts page.
Select the Citation Alerts tab to view the article for which you created the citation alert.
Alternatively, you can watch the short tutorial below on how to create citation alerts in the Web of Science database.
Here are some NTU-subscribed databases that provide citation alerts:
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