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Science - Biophy Library - Physics: Follow Research and Ideas

A guide will help you finf information and materila on Physics

Keep up to Date with Research

Many of the library's electronic resources and publishers webpages support features to keep you up-to-date on new material published related to your research area(s) of interest. To use these features, you create a free personal account with each of the databases/vendors. Not all our databases/journal vendors support all the features below.

Search Alerts:

Develop a search in a database that displays results of interest to you and then automatically receive alerts (by email or rss feeds) containing new, relevant items that match your original search criteria when the database is updated

  • Publication / Table of Contents (TOC) Alerts:

As soon as new issues of journals are published/indexed automatically receive the table of contents or a list of articles in the issue via email or rss feed

NOTE: If this feature is not available from a database/vendor, but Search Alerts are available, you can create a search where you put the journal name of interest in the publication title/source field, and then create an alert for that search

JournalTOCs is a free service that can alert you (via RSS feed or email) when a new issue of any of 22,000 journals that you choose to follow is published.

  • Saved Searches:

Create a database search that displays results of potential interest and then save the search so that you can run it quickly whenever you want without having to type all the original search terms

  • Citation Alerts:

Select specific articles that interest you in a database/journal vendor collection and then automatically receive notice when those articles are cited by new articles that are tracked by the database/vendor.


RSS Feeds

RSS feeds give are an easy way to keep up-to-date with new content on the web. Whether the content is a new journal article or issue, a new book or a new post to a blog RSS feeds can bring the updated content straight to you, without having to check all of the sources individually.

RSS feeds are created by the author of the original source, i.e. the blog you are reading or the publisher of the journal you are interested in.

First, you’ll need to set up a RSS reader or “aggregator.” This is a website where all your feeds are collected in one place.

Web-based RSS Feed Readers:

  1. NewsBlur
  2. TheOldReader

Web-based Personal Dashboards:

(more than just a feed reader!)

  1. NetVibes
  2. MyYahoo

Browser or Client-based & Mobile apps:

  1. Feedly - a FireFox add-on and mobile app
  2. NetNewsWire - RSS reader for the iPhone, iPad and Mac

The following icon is the most widely used indication that a RSS feed is available from the source:

When you have signed up to a newsreader, you can access your regular RSS feeds.