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Engineering (General)

Current Awareness

The Engineering field is in a constant state of evolution, with the introduction of new technologies, processes, and ideas. It can be difficult to stay up to date with new developments, but there are some handy tools that can help.

This guide contains some options you can use to stay current with the literature.

Key Terms

RSS

Rich Site Summary or Real Simple Syndication (RSS) is a web feed tool that allows users to syndicate data automatically.


Saved Search

Some databases allow users to save searches they have carried out. This tool will also return any new items which fall under said search.


Search Alert

Search Alerts are similar to saved searches. Whenever a new item is added to the database that falls under a saved Search Alert, an email is sent to the user.


Search History

A search history is a list of all the searches a patron has carried out in a database.


Table of Content (TOC) Alert

Table of Content (TOC) Alerts are similar to search alerts, except they are for specific publications on certain databases. By setting up a TOC Alert, a user can keep up to date on new articles and issues from any chosen journal.

Web of Science: Citation Alerts Tutorial

Click here to learn how to subscribe to Citation Alerts!

Web of Science: Email Alerts

Learn how to subscribe to email alerts!

Publisher TOC Alerts

Many independent academic publishers offer online TOC alerts for new volumes of journals that they publish. This is a partial list of the wide spectrum of publishers out there!