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Strategic Communication: Monitoring information

Monitoring information

Within the social sciences, both academic and non-academic information is highly relevant to monitor. State agencies and organizations are producing vast amounts of statistics, reports, policy documents, legal texts, etc. 

There are numerous ways in which to monitor the flow of information and to keep oneself updated within one's subject area. 

Alerts
In most databases, it is possible to create alerts. It might vary somewhat between different databases, but it usually is connected to a user account that you create in the database.

Find out how to create search alerts and journal alerts in the EBSCO interfaces like EBSCOhost and LUBsearch below:

RSS / Podcast Feeds
If you subscribe to RSS- or Podcast Feeds on chosen web sites (offering this service) you don't need to monitor these web pages yourself. Updates are sent to the RSS-reader of your choice. Newer web browsers have integrated RSS-readers where you can save and monitor the feeds in your web browsers Favorite locations. In the EBSCO interfaces like LUBsearch and EBSCOhost, you follow the same instructions as for alerts above and just choose RSS instead of E-mail when presented the two options.

Blogs
More and more researchers use a blogging tool to reach out, several of these can be interesting to follow.T

Research and Project databases

Check research and project databases to monitor what research is ongoing or coming up. Many funding bodies also have their own databases where you can get information on ongoing projects. 

Collecting and organizing information and references

  RSS in Plain English