Staying Current

It is crucial to keep up to date with current developments in your field of research. This may be achieved by setting up alert services and RSS feeds with relevant journals and databases, attending conferences, subscribing to blogs and joining discussion lists.

Alert Services

Many databases and journal publishers provide a free service designed to keep you up to date with current academic literature published in your field. The service requires you to register your search profile, then whenever an article is published that matches your profile an alert notification email is sent to you.

Your search profile could include:

  • Table of Contents (TOC) for selected journals
  • Keywords
  • Authors
  • Combination of the above
  • Receive table of contents for your favourite registered journals each time a new issue is published;
  • Keep up-to-date with latest articles published in your area of interest;
  • Save searches and receive email notifications when new articles are published matching your criteria.

RSS Feeds

RSS feeds provide instant notification and links to new content appearing in selected websites or blogs via an RSS reader.

RSS feeds may be available for sites and blogs that regularly update their content, such as the Western Sydney University Library, news services, and blogs.

An RSS Reader is required to subscribe to an RSS feed. Comprehensive information about RSS Readers and how to subscribe to RSS feeds is available from the RSS FAQ on the Library website.

Please contact your School Librarian or the Research Services Coordinator for assistance.