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LTH PhD Students Introduction Guide: Current awareness

by librarian Emma-Lisa Hansson


Allows users to access updates to online content in a standardized, computer-readable format.   These feeds can, for example, allow a user to keep track of many different websites in a single news aggregator

Where can I use RSS? You can use it from:

  • Databases – searches
  • Journals – table of contents, popular articles, most cited
  • Outlook mail has RSS function


Add alerts from searches in databases, citations, author updates, or from your favorite journal!

Alerts are available from most databases and you can get alerts from

Databases - searches

  • Citation indexes - author citation, document citation
  • Journals – new issues, table of content
  • Inbox email

Need help with setting up alerts? Contact us!

Current awareness tools and channels

What tools can I use for keeping updated?

Here are som suggestions, please contact us if you have any questions!

  • You an use journal TOCs – table of contents (By subscribing to a table of contents (ToC) alert for a journal you will receive an e-mail with the table of contents each time a new issue is published. )
  • Join professional networks, organisations, groups
  • Go active on social media! Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, Twitter. With altmetrics you can see if your research is spreading!
  • There is also bookmarking, Bibsonomy (BibSonomy helps you to manage your publications and bookmarks, to collaborate with your colleagues and to find new interesting material for your research.),
  •  Need scholarly references? CiteULike (citeulike is a free service for managing and discovering scholarly references)
  • Don't forget, supervisors, peers, colleagues and collaborators are important for staying updated!