Alerts: Keeping Current in Your Discipline: Using Blogs

Alerts refer to notifications when something of interest to you has been published in a new journal issue or added to a database or website. Covers basic techniques for setting up alerts (a.k.a. current awareness services).

What are Blogs?

According to Wikipedia, a blog is "a contraction of the term 'web log' and is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order."

There are many different types of blogs, including:  personal blogs, corporate/organization blogs, or subject blogs.

Blogs can be monitored individually, using web browser bookmarks, or aggregated via an RSS news reader service.

Useful Blog Sites

  • Academic Blogs Portal  
    A quick way to identify blogs on specific academic research areas.
    This is a search engine for blogs. It allows users to search by keyword, the URL of any web page or the tag assigned by the blogger.

Using Blogs in Plain English

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