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Research support

Keeping up to date

​It is very important to stay up to date with developments in your field. You need to be aware of current trends and the latest research, as well as the activities of other researchers and organisations.

Search alerts

Setting up alerts save you having to frequently repeat the same search. You can also filter out the papers you already know about.

You can set up search alerts in our databses for keywords that are of interest to you, or you can track specific authors to be notified of new papers they publish.

Citation alerts notify you whenever a specific article or author is cited in a newly published paper. 

Check the ‘help’ section of your favourite databases to see if they offer search alerts. Here are some of our most popular, along with links to their help guides to get you started:​

Key databases

Tutorials for setting up alerts on specific databases

General alerts

Keeping up to date using social media

Twitter

Did you know that you don’t need a Twitter account to keep up with news and current developments from people and organisations of interest to you? Search Twitter.

Blogs

Why not find some blogs related to your research interest? Look for the ‘follow’ option to receive new blog posts by email. You can use Google to find blogs; search for the topic you are interested in, and then from your search results page choose >News>Tools>All news>Blogs.

Follow our blog to keep up to date with Library news.