BrowZine, an app for iPads and Android tablets, is now available for use by UW-Madison faculty, staff and students. BrowZine lets you browse, read, and monitor many of our licensed scholarly journals on tablets. Some of the publishers include American Chemical Society, Project MUSE, Oxford, SAGE, Springer, etc. It doesn't currently support each title we subscribe to but it does cover the overwhelming majority of them.
For more information go to the Libraries' BrowZine information page.
What's in This Guide?
The resources on this page are either open to everyone or available via subscription at UW-Madison. Journal tables of contents are the most popular current awareness tool - we have so many you will find them on their own pages:
We also teach classes in RSS & Current Awareness Tools and offer a Current Awareness service to help with finding or setting up resources. Feel free to contact us to set up an individual consultation or special class session for your group whether the class is offered or not:
Keeping Up With the Literature
Keeping up with the scholarly literature in your field is still the main way people stay on top of things. But what if you're multi-disciplinary? What if you're in a very large field? Not to mention not having the time to do any of this? There are a few strategies that can help:
- Get journal tables of contents via email or RSS feeds for your top journals - make them come to you, not the other way around
- Get easy access to other journals you may like but aren't in your "top tier" - email or RSS feeds work well here too, or know how to get them quickly online
- Have canned searches across the literature (like from PubMed) delivered to you regularly so you can scan across titles
- Create a (legal) personal library or article citation list to refer back to quickly as needed
- Look at what your colleagues are reading and talking about (see below)
Keeping Up With Your Colleagues
There are many non-literature sources to help you keep up to date in your field, as well as literature-based ones you may not be aware of. Some ideas for these include:
- Blogs and other social media sites - LinkedIn is a good example of a more professionally oriented place for discussions. See our Blogs section for more ideas.
- Videos and podcasts - in some cases there is great content available for your field. These have the added bonus of being something you can do efficiently in different environments such as commuting, exercising, etc. See our Videos and Podcasts section for ideas.
- Social media sites for scholars - citation management and personal research or library tool applications like Mendeley, Papers and Zotero all have web-based social components that feature discussion groups, metrics for articles being read and published, etc. There are sites such as ResearchGate and Faculty of 1000 which focus on research literature and discussions. The sites are divided into specific disciplines or specialties to focus and filter their resources.
What's Happening Right Now?
Sometimes you really want to know what's happening right now, this instant, as it relates to your field. Some ideas:
- Check news sites devoted to your discipline, or even general health news sites. See our News section for some ideas.
- Check social media sites like Twitter doing a general search or by monitoring specific hashtags. It may seem to have a bad signal to noise ratio but you'd be surprised how useful it can be when looking for specific ideas. The Healthcare Hashtag Project aims to pull together some useful tags for healthcare professionals.
- Some of the blogs devoted to healthcare are updated frequently enough to serve as news sources as well.