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 from databases, websites, publishers or other sources. Instead of checking your favorite websites daily for new content, this content can be delivered to you.
E-mail alerts are easy to use, constructed and automated through the literature database. As with any message you receive via email, though, you will need to manage your updates lest they become buried by other messages. Look to employ filters or dedicated folders in order to preserve these updates.
RSS feeds require a reader. Many email clients have a built-in reader, but you can also use Feedly, NewsBlur, or another feed reader. These will refresh with new content as the original source is updated.
Sometimes staying current means staying organized. The Libraries have several tools that can help.
Citation Managers (Zotero, Endnote, etc.) are software products used to manage citations and format bibliographies/reference lists.Citations that you retrieve can be stored using one of these tools so that you may organize and work with them as they inform your work throughout your UW tenure and beyond.
Personalization Features are available in many databases to allow you to customize your interface environment so that it is best organized to meet your needs.