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Members of Staff: Current Awareness

Everything you need to know about using the University Library

Mass media

Journal alerts

Services like JournalTOCs and Zetoc are great for setting up journal alerts.  With JournalTOCs you can create your own account.  With Zetoc you'll need an Athens account to be able to login and set up alerts: this can be requested by contacting (please state clearly that the Athens account is for use with Zetoc).

Image attribution

News: all the news by Robert Couse-Baker on Flickr under a CC BY 2.0 Creative Commons Licence.
Website: Breaking News by Doug on Flickr under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Creative Commons Licence.
Outside broadcast: talking heads by Live4Soccer on Flickr under a CC BY-ND 2.0 Creative Commons Licence

Publisher catalogues and alerts

The main publishers for subjects taught at BGU are:

Bloomsbury Palgrave Macmillan                                           
Cambridge University Press Pearson
Critical Publishing Polity Press
Jessica Kingsley Routledge
McGraw-Hill (incorporating Open UP) SAGE
Oxford University Press Wiley

Other more subject-specific publishers are listed in each individual subject LibGuide under the Current awareness tab.

Publishers primarily promote their publications via the web, including social media, although some (like Oxford University Press and Jessica Kingsley) also continue to produce printed catalogues.  Almost all provide opportunities for you to sign up to receive electronic alerts and updates about new titles.

News syndication

RSS stands for rich site summary or really simple syndication.  It's a format for funnelling constantly updated information, like news, from different web sources into a single point of access, meaning you only have to visit one site instead of several. You may have noticed the RSS icon on webpages before but not realised what it was; it's a small orange box containing what looks like a wi-fi symbol (put 'rss icon' into a Google image search to see what one looks like).

To use RSS you will need to sign up to a feed reader or news aggregator like for example Digg, Feedly or AOL Reader and, when you're ready, go to the sites you are interested in and subscribe to the RSS feeds.  You can then view the aggregated feeds via your chosen reader.

Apps like News360 and Flipboard do a similar job but in a slightly different way.

Document Summary Service

The Document Summary Service is a really useful current awareness tool published by the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol, who each month release a series of documents summarising key changes to UK educational policy.

BGU students and staff are permitted to use the summaries for educational purposes but are not permitted to share them with third parties. To view the current month's summaries click here. An access code is required and is available from the Library's Blackboard site under Password Protected Resources. Previous summaries can be viewed via the Archive button.



Amazon's Frequently Bought Together and Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought features, as well as their customer reviews, are are really useful way of identifying new and popular texts.  Their Look Inside feature is also handy as it allows you to view a book's contents pages, as well as the first few pages, to assess content and relevancy.


Performing a Libraries Worldwide search in WorldCat can open up a host of possibilities.  A huge number of libraries around the world have made their collection data accessible via WorldCat, meaning that that a large proportion of books in print are visible.  The Libraries Worldwide search can be particularly effective in identifying new editions of texts (via an item's View All Editions link).