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Current Awareness

This guide aims to get you started with a selection of current awareness services to help you stay up-to-date in your research field.

What are Current Awareness Services?

Information overload is real for researchers. Thousands of journal articles and research papers are published each week, particularly in the STeM subject areas, and it can be difficult to keep up to date with the amount of information being produced. For example, over three million peer-reviewed papers were published in 2018 alone, and annual growth has accelerated to 4% in recent years (STM Report 2018).

A current awareness service keeps its users up to date in their field and alerts the student or researcher to the latest information on an ongoing basis. There are a wide range of current awareness services to keep you updated when new information is published in your area of interest. Once an account is set up, the information is pushed at a specified frequency by the user (daily, weekly, monthly) via email or a RSS feed. 
The main types of updates offered are: 
The main types of services are:

Why use them?

  • Current Awareness - These services can help you keep up with articles in your subject area of interest and the contents of newly published journals
  • Customized Content - Alert services allow you to control the information delivered, the amount of information and the regularity of received information
  • Time Management - Information is automatically delivered to you without re-running the same search all the time
  • Organization - These services can help you to maintain a personal database in bibliographic management software such as Mendeley or Endnote.

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