“What libraries give you is all three tenses — the past tense; the present tense in which we live; and the future that we can only imagine. These places have teachers who are living and dead and we are lucky to have them. If I sit here and read Aristotle, he is speaking to me across a thousand years — more than a thousand years. That sense that I am in the company of the greatest people who ever lived is a humbling experience but a liberating experience.”

-Pete Hamill

 

Keep Current

 

Do you want to know what the Library has recently purchased? Do you want to keep up-to-date with the literature in a field? This page points to new journal, electronic resources, books, and AV materials that are new to the Library, as well as databases trials. It also provides an overview of the services and technologies that can help you keep current.

New at Mossey Library

New Journals and Electronic Resources
New Book and Audiovisual Titles
New Database Trials

Follow the Research

RSS Feeds
Social Bookmarking
Citation Alerts
TOC Alerts
Reference Management Software

RSS Feeds


RSS (Rich Site Summary) feeds allow you to keep track of regularly changing content on multiple websites from just one site. Think of the time you’ll save! A Feed Reader or News Aggregator will grab RSS feeds from sites you choose and display them for you in an easy-to-read format. Both desktop-based and web-based Readers are available. Choose a Reader, choose which sites you want, and then subscribe to those feeds, either by entering the feed’s URI into the reader or by clicking on a site’s feed icon.

Social Bookmarking

Social Bookmarking is a method used to organize, store, manage, and search for bookmarks of online resources. The actual resources aren’t shared, only the bookmarks that reference them, so it isn’t file sharing. The tools involved can include annotations and tags that help you to locate resources again and then share them with other people. Social bookmarking sites ranges from the popular (think Pinterest) to the scholarly (CiteULike). It also somewhat overlaps with the goals and tools involved with Reference Management Software, discussed in more detail below.

Citation Alerts

Create a citation alert in Web of Science to notify you by email whenever a selected article is cited by a new article. Alerts are active for one year, but can be renewed. You will receive an email two weeks before the alert expires reminding you to renew the alert.

To create an alert, you must have created a personal account with Web of Science and be signed in to that account. After you run a search, and select a result, you will see a Create Citation Alert button on the right side of the page. You can see the record of the article for which you created the alert at the top of the page under Saved Searches and Alerts.

Table of Contents (TOC) Alerts

Most scholarly journals publish a feed containing the Table of Contents (TOC) for each new issue. TOC Alerts update the feed each time a new issue is published. This is a good way to keep current on developments in a field. To set up a TOC Alert, visit JournalTOCs. On the left side, a search box allows you to search for journal titles. When you find a journal that interests you, select that title by clicking the checkbox. You can either track your TOC alerts by setting up an account at JournalTOCs or by exporting the alerts, either to your RSS feed (discussed above), or your email.

Reference Management Software

Reference Management Software, sometimes called Citation Management or Bibliographic Software, allows you to collect and organize bibliographic references. However, most of the available software also has a social media component, so that you can follow other scholars' work, and they can follow yours. For more information, see the Library's guide to Reference Management Software (not yet available).