Keeping up to Date With the Latest Research

1 Introduction to Keeping up to Date With the Latest Research

This section coversĀ  methods of keeping up to date with the latest research in your subject area. The method of delivery is a mixture of text and web links.

Q. So, you've done a literature search, but this shows you only what has been researched so far. How will you keep up to date with new literature in the field over the course of your career as a researcher? Do you have any methods for finding out about new research? Perhaps you hear from your advisor, or a fellow researcher? Or you see an item in the news?

A. These are valid methods for finding out about new research, but, did you know that you can set up alerts to have details of new research sent to you via e-mail or RSS? With very little effort, you can set up alerts to the latest literature on a research topic, or the latest issues of key journals in your field, as well as research funding alerts.

Thinking points:

  • Why should you be confident in keeping up to date with new publications and developments in your field of research?

  • How regularly should you be alerted to new publications and developments?

  • What types of published information do you need to keep up to date with?