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Sources of current literature and information on your subject
Last Updated: Jun 27, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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Keeping up-to-date

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This guide aims to show you ways you can keep up-to-date with the literature of your subject and information about recent developments in your field. Click on a tab to be taken to information about the topic. Or watch our talk.

RSS feeds

Many of the services here encourage you to set up an RSS feed.

How can I subscribe to and read feeds?

First choose a feed reader. It makes sense to add your feeds to something that you look at regularly, or something that will alert you when you have unread items available. You can read feeds:

  • in Microsoft Outlook  - there is an folder in which to place your feeds
  • at a feed reader web site such as InoReader,  Bloglines, netvibes or Feedly.
  • directly in your web browser (just like favorites/bookmarks) - make sure you use an up-to-date version of your browser,
  • in desktop feed reader software

You can always change your mind later. It is very easy to export all of your feeds from one reader and import them into another

Then subscribe to your chosen feeds - i.e. add them to your feed reader. Look out for this standard icon: feed icon or one of a number of predecessor icons such as RSS icon or XML icon on e-journal sites. Click on the feed icon feed icon, or a similar icon on the browser's toolbar, and it will display the contents of the feed and explain how to subscribe to the feed.

However many services allow you to set up email alerts instead.

If a web page does not offer an RSS feed itself, you can use Page2RSS to set one up for you.

A talk about keeping up-to-date

We have recorded an informal talk about many of the services mentioned in this guide.  It takes about an hour.  Please click on the link below, which may take a little while to get started.


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