Keep up-to-date

Journal alerting services

There are a number of alerting services available which send you details of newly-published journal articles in your area of study or research.

  • Zetoc is the British Library's alerting service providing access to over 29,000 journals and more than 52 million article citations and conference papers, from 1993 onwards. Using your York single sign-on you can set up an account and start receiving alerts to your email account or RSS reader. Watch a video on how to create Zetoc alerts.
  • JournalTOCs is a free online collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs), with over 26,000 journals from over 2,500 publishers. To use this service, search/browse for journals and select a list of journals of interest to you. To receive the ToCs alerts via email sign in. User guides and videos are available on the Help pages.
  • Using Web of Science, you can set up an email alert when articles you select are cited. You can also use this feature to keep a list of your favourite articles. Instructions for creating and modifying search alerts.

Saving and running database searches

Many bibliographic databases allow you to keep up-to-date with new content through the creation of automatic alerts, so that you receive notice when new content in your research area is added.

Procedures for setting up alerts vary in different databases but in general, after you have run your search, look out for boxes such as "Create Alert". Database help pages will give you more information (eg Alerts help page for databases on Proquest), or speak to your Academic Liaison Librarian for guidance on specific resources. View a video from:

Mailing lists

Mailing lists can be an excellent way of sharing ideas and information with others working in your research area, as well as finding out about relevant conferences and other events.

JISCMail hosts a large number of groups that enable researchers to collaborate. You will need to sign up to the site and to individual groups.

Blogs and Twitter

Blogs, as well as Twitter groups, may be helpful when you are researching a subject. To find relevant blogs try using a dedicated search engine like; try Research Blogging for blog posts about peer-reviewed research; browse the Academic Blog Portal for blogs of potential academic interest; or IceRocket to search for posts and/or tweets on a topic.

Salma Patel provides a useful Prezi on 10 ways researchers can use Twitter.

Other Web 2.0 tools:

For more information about online tools in the research environment see our Become a networked researcher web page.


The University Library subscribes to a range of newspapers in both print and electronic format.

Many newspapers, such as the THE (Times Higher Education) or the Guardian also provide a lot of free content online via their web pages so it is worth getting in the habit of bookmarking these sites and then checking them regularly.

To access recent newspaper articles, search the Nexis UK database. Nexis UK provides access to the full text of UK daily and regional newspapers.

You can keep up-to-date in your subject area by following RSS feeds of news from your favourite journals and websites. Use an RSS reader such as Netvibes or The Old Reader to keep all your favourite RSS feeds together in one place.