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Research support

Keeping up to date/current awareness

It is vital for staff and students involved in research to keep abreast of new and ongoing developments in their field. There are various ways of doing this, including some Current Awareness services that can help you to update yourself on a regular basis.



JournalTOCs is the largest, free collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs): over 23,000 journals from 2029 publishers. It is for researchers, students, librarians and anyone looking for the latest scholarly articles and alerts you when new issues of your followed journals are published.


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ZETOC is one of the world’s most comprehensive research databases, providing access to over 28,000 journals, 45 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents.

You can set-up personalised email Zetoc Alerts or RSS feeds to track the latest articles or journal titles related to your interests. In most cases, you can access abstracts or the full text of articles if the Library subscribes to that journal.


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You can monitor the Web for new content by using Google Alerts to get email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.


RSSRSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds, also known as 'news feeds', are another way of keeping up to date by allowing you to see when websites of your choice have added new content.

RSS can be used as an alternative to email alerts, allowing you to set up feeds from online databases in your subject area to see details of new journal articles that have been added to the database.

Other web-based services e.g. BBC News website, support RSS and you can set up a feed for an area of news that interests you.

More information on how to start using RSS feeds from



The National Academic Mailing List Service, known as JISCMail, is a service designed specifically for the further and higher education and research. It uses the Web and e-mail to enable groups of academics and support staff to talk to each other and to share information.

There are thousands of groups covering many categories. If you are unable to find a group on your chosen subject and you can satisfy the JISC criteria, you may start a group of your own.

Keeping up to date - individual publishers