Keeping Current

Being aware of the latest developments in your subject area is key to successful research. Many resources have been developed that will aid the reseacher in this area and some of these are outlined below:

E-Journal table of content services

The table of contents of the key journals in your field of research can be emailed to you or sent as an RSS feed as each new issue is published. If the library subscibes to the online version of the journal, links may be provided to the electronic full text article. Examples of eTOC services include

  • Zetoc Alert: contains 20,000 current journals from the British Library's database. The table of contents are sent either as an RSS alert or a personal email. Access via Falmouth Resources or Exeter Electronic Library
  • Some journal publishers and providers such as EbscoEJS, Project Muse, Ingenta Connect or Science Direct also provide an eTOC services. 

Updating database searches

Many databases enable you to save your search terms and these will then be re-run as an 'auto-alert' every time the database is updated. You recieve an email or RSS feed when an article matches your saved search terms. Look out for Alert Me buttons in the databases or check in the  the Personalisation features. Alternatively, ask you Academic Liaison librarian for advice.  

Mailing lists

These are forums that enable you to make contact with researchers working in your field. You can use them to share experiences, and to learn about new advancements and forthcoming events.

  • JISCmail is aimed at those in Higher education. Using JISCmail it is possible to be join as many lists as you like (there are over 2,000), and you can opt to recieve all new posts by email or to access the lists via the internet.


Web logs or online diaries. Just about about every public figure or organisation has a blog. As the entries are displayed in date order dipping into blogs can be a really useful way to keep up to date.

News of forthcoming conferences

To find out about forthcoming academic conferences, try checking  your own professional society websites or try these conference alert services: