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Current Awareness
It is vital for researchers and academics to keep up-to-date with the most recently published information and developments. A selection of current-awareness services is outlined below. Need more help? Ask A Librarian.
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New Books at Cornell
New Books at Cornell allows you to browse new library books by month, individual library, language, and subject classification. You can also create a customized RSS feed to get monthly updates.
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Table of Contents (TOC) alerts
Table of Contents alerts allow you to be automatically notified when the new issue of a journal is published.
JournalTOCs
The JournalTOCs Tables of Contents service allows you to keep up-to-date with newly published scholarly material by enabling you to browse, view, save, and search across thousands of journal tables of contents from hundreds of publishers. Free registration allow you to create a customized list of your most important and favorite journals, and includes export options such as email alerts, RSS feeds, formats for bibliographic managers, and customizable API for web pages. JournalTOCs will be replacing ticTOCs and existing ticTOCs users must re-register with the JournalTOCs service. Note: there is a limit of 30 journal titles that can be followed.
E-mail (or RSS) alerts from databases subscribed to by the Cornell University Library
Examples of vendor databases that include journals from multiple publishers and provide TOC e-mail alerts include:
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Blogs
Blogs can be some of the most effective current awareness tools. In conjunction with RSS feeds, most blogs offer a subscription feature that allows for content to be sent directly to subscribers.
Cornell Library staff maintain several blogs, including:
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Facebook & Twitter
Social networking tools, such as Facebook and Twitter, help you keep up with the day-to-day operations of the Library.
The Library's Facebook pages include:
Cornell Library Twitter accounts include:
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Social Bookmarking (and beyond)
"Have you read this new article?" Word of mouth between colleagues is an excellent way to keep current. Several services attempt to replicate this experience online.
Social Bookmarking sites allow you to save references and bookmarks to an online account, which you may choose to share with others. You may also browse by subject or tags, and some services allow you to upload files. Here are a couple of examples:
Some citation management programs allow you to share reference lists:
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Citation Alerts
A citation alert notifies you when new publications cite a particular work. ISI’s Web of Knowledge offers this service if users create personal profiles.
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Other Alerts
Subject alerts
Subject alerts allow you to be notified when articles are published that match your subject criteria. For example, after conducting a search in a ProQuest database for the terms “wind power” and “local government”, you could set up an alert to be notified of any new articles that get added to the database with those keyword terms. This service is also available in databases produced by ISI’s Web of Knowledge, EBSCOhost, CSA Illumina, Elsevier (ScienceDirect), Google (Google Scholar) and more.
Web page alerts
Stay up-to-date with new online content in your subject area. There are a number of services that provide alerting services for new publications on the Web, including:
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