Keeping Current in the Literature : Overview
Push Technologies (E-mail Alerts and RSS Feeds)
E-mail alerts and RSS feeds notify you of new content or publications from databases, websites, publishers or other sources. Instead of checking your favorite websites daily for new content, it can be delivered to you.
E-mail alerts are automated and easy to use because it is already familiar. You can also save e-mails with important content. However, your updates may get buried with your other email or filtered as spam.
RSS feeds requires some sort of reader. Most email clients have a built-in reader, but you can also use Google reader, Bloglines, or another feed reader. These will update with new content as soon as the source is updated.
Sometimes staying current means staying organized. The Libraries have several tools that can help.
Citation Managers (Zotero, Endnote, etc.) are ways to keep track of and create bibliographies. Citations that you find are discretely stored so that you can rearange, organize, and compile them throughout your UW tenure and beyond.
Personalization features are available in many databases that allow you to customize your interface environment so that it is best organized to your needs.