RSS and publication alerts for research
- University of Leeds
- Yorkshire and North East
- Date first submitted:
- 24 Nov 2009
- Date last modified:
- 24 Nov 2009
- Relationship to RDF:
- Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities
- Knowledge base
- Domain B: Personal effectiveness
- Domain C: Research governance and organisation
- Research management
- Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact
- Communication and dissemination
- Research project skills
- Postgraduate researchers
- Doctoral researchers
- Research staff
- Research masters
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
Alerting services, also known as current awareness services, help researchers keep up to date with their research interests and the latest developments in their field by sending automatic alerts when new information about a particular subject becomes available. In this course, researchers learn how to set up customised alerts, using RSS and email services, to new published information in journals, books, news services, conference proceedings and websites.
Skills@Library is strategically committed to providing all staff and students of the University with opportunities to develop further academic and research skills, as part of the University's broader aim "to provide a stimulating environment that supports personal development".
- Effective use of a selection of alerting services (either by email or RSS);
- Set up cutomised alerts with a number of services to receive regular updates form different kinds of publication;
- Understand how to use RSS news feeds;
- Know how to find information about alerting services on the Library's webpages.
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
This course does not cover literature searching; participants should already be familiar with the search features of databases such as Web of Science. The course will cover how to keep up to date once a literature search has been completed.
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?