Strategies for current awareness

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Keeping current with the literature

Keeping up with the scholarly literature in your field is important. Even if your field is interdisciplinary, or massive in scope, here are a few strategies that can help:

  • Subscribe to journal tables of contents via email or RSS feeds for your top journals. Look for terms like "alerts," "follow us," "subscribe," "news," or "site updates" (often on the right side or at the bottom of a page). If you don't see anything, try using the site search for "RSS" or any of these terms.
  • Have canned searches across the literature delivered to you regularly so you can scan across titles.
  • Create search alerts for newly added or published literature within databases or ejournals.
  • Browse our current journal holdings.

Alerts for new journal articles from databases

  1. Go to a database and create (or sign into) your individual account.
  2. Search for a journal title and save the search.
  3. Set up an email notification or an RSS feed to receive content from the saved search.

Help documents from commonly-used databases for saving searches and setting up alerts:


BrowZine, an app for iPads and Android tablets, is available for use by University of Arizona faculty, staff and students. BrowZine lets you browse, read, and monitor many of our licensed scholarly journals on your tablet. Some of the publishers include American Chemical Society, Project MUSE, Oxford, SAGE, Springer, etc. It doesn't currently support each title we subscribe to, but it does cover the overwhelming majority of them. Watch a BrowZine tutorial for more information.

Social research networks

Discover your academic peers' work through online networks of research papers and citations.
Researchers use to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow.

CiteULike is a free service for managing and discovering scholarly references.

A free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

Provides tools for scientists and researchers connect, collaborate, and keep up with the research that matters most to them.


Share bookmarks and lists of literature.

Portal with literature search, data statistics, reading, sorting, storing, field expert identification and journal finder.

Metadata platform with rich biomedical content and information management tools for well-organized research.

Search, organize, and share scholarly papers.

Create citations and bibliography and set up your research groups on the cloud to share files and references.

Uses machines to liberate facts from the scientific literature.

Data Elixir
A weekly collection of the best data science news, resources, and inspirations from around the web.

Chrome extension to help your literature search.

Educational web-platform helping with the discovery, understanding, and exploration of your scientific topics of interest.

Microsoft Academic Search
Find information about academic papers, authors, conferences, journals, and organizations from multiple sources.

Diffuse scientific information and knowledge in a free and accessible way.

Aggregator of open access papers and journals.

Visualise the arXiv, an open, online repository for scientific research papers.

Life sciences and medical literature recommendations engine. 

Search for publications and provide feedback and/or start a conversation anonymously.

Transforms systematic literature review into an interactive and comprehensible environment.

SciVal Funding
Comprehensive source of funding information.

Curator that automagically finds new and relevant research papers.

Multi-disciplinary online repository of scholarly research and related materials in social sciences.

Notifies users new publications and grants based on the users’ own keywords.