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 Electronic Current Awareness:
 keeping up-to-date the easy way
  If you want to keep up-to-date with the latest
                                                                 1.2. If you want to be notified whenever a new
 research in your subject area and find out about new
                                                                article is published on a particular topic, then Saved
 research funding opportunities and calls for papers, then
                                                                Keyword Search Alerts will be more useful than
 you’ll be interested in using some of the electronic current
                                                                TOC Alerts. You can create a keyword search and
 awareness services to which MMU subscribes. They’ll keep
                                                                then save it. This search will be run automatically on
 you current with very little effort and time on your part.
                                                                your behalf at scheduled intervals and the results will
 Read on to learn how!
                                                                be e-mailed to you.
  Note: For information on how to link to any of the
                                                                Saved Keyword Search Alerts are provided by
 services mentioned in this leaflet, please consult the
                                                                electronic journal services such as Cambridge Journals
 alphabetical listing at
                                                                Online, Emerald, and ScienceDirect as well as by most of
                                                                our subscription-based abstracting and indexing

                                                                In addition, the British Library’s Zetoc service is
                                                                recommended as the most comprehensive of the
 1. Journal Articles                                            current electronic awareness services. Zetoc
  If you want to keep up with the latest journal                indexes the contents of approximately 20,000
 literature, three types of electronic current                  current journals and 16,000 conferences, both UK
 awareness services are available:                              and international and in virtually every subject area.
                                                                Both Table of Contents and Saved Search Alerts
 1.1 Table of Contents (TOC) Alerts                             are offered. Disappointingly, abstracts are rarely
 1.2 Saved Keyword Search Alerts                                included in citations, but you will be able to link from
 1.3 Cited Reference Alerts                                     the email to a webpage with a further link to our
                                                                Find It! Service. This will allow you to identify if an
 1.1 Use Table of Contents (TOC) Alerts to                      electronic or print copy is available to MMU. To set
 identify journal titles of interest and to receive an e-       up your account, simply login to Zetoc Alert and
 mail copy of the table of contents as new issues               follow the onscreen instructions.
 become available -- often in advance of the
 publication of the print edition of the journal. TOC           1.3 Less common but highly useful are Cited
 Alerts are good for acquiring an overall awareness of          Reference Alerts which allow you to identify
 trends and developments and for occasionally                   individual journal articles and then receive
 spotting relevant articles.                                    notification whenever these articles are cited by a
                                                                new journal article. This can be useful if you want to
 TOC Alerts are provided by most electronic                     keep track of how a particular article is received by
 journal publishers and may be available without cost           the research community and study how other
 to non-subscribers as well as subscribers.                     researchers are making use of its content.
 Subscribers, however, will have the added
 advantage of generally being able to link from the             Cited Reference Alerts are provided by a growing number
 email message to the full-text of the articles.                of resources, including the Web of Science, Highwire
                                                                Press , ScienceDirect and Scopus.
 Individual publishers use different terms to
 describe their TOC Alert services, but you’ll usually
 find them under a link to “Alerts” on the publisher’s
 website. Setting up an alert rarely involves more
 than selecting journal titles from a list and supplying
 your e-mail address -- but online instructions are
 always provided on the publisher’s website.
2. Conference Proceedings                                         quently Asked Questions (FAQ) sections are invaluable
 Particularly in the sciences, conference                         guides to the procedures necessary to manage your alerts.
proceedings are an important source of new
research. Two electronic services are available to                5. Calls for papers
keep you informed of recently-published conference                At some point, you’ll want to publish your research in a jour-
papers:                                                           nal or present it at a conference. Use to
                                                                  receive e-mail notification of new calls for papers - both for
 Conference Papers Index provides citations to                    special issues of journals and for forthcoming conferences.
papers and poster sessions presented at major                     The scope is international and virtually every discipline is
scientific meetings around the world. The emphasis                covered.
is in the life sciences, environmental sciences and
the aquatic sciences. Use the Saved Alerts option
                                                                  To use the service, you’ll need to register. Details may be
to set up a saved keyword search. This will run automatically
                                                                  found in the description of on the library
and e-mail messages with new citations will be sent to your
                                                                  website. You must use your MMU email account as only
desktop as they are added to the service.
                                                                  accounts ending in or will be
                                                                  recognised by the supplier. During the registration process,
> Zetoc (See Section 1.2 for details.)
                                                                  you may choose subject areas in which to receive email no-
                                                                  tification of new calls for papers. This is a straightforward
                                                                  process - just a matter of ticking boxes to indicate subjects
3. E-print archives                                               of interest. There is no limit to the number of subjects you
Recent years have witnessed the development of scholarly          may select - and, if your subject interests should change,
e-print archives - web-based repositories providing open          you may alter your choice whenever you wish. The monthly
access to a variety of electronic publications, including:        E-mail Newsletter will inform you of the number of new calls
Pre-prints of journal articles which may eventually be            only in the subjects you have selected, so you shouldn’t be
published elsewhere                                               inundated with irrelevant information.
Copies of journal articles which have already been
published elsewhere                                               August 2008 MH
Conference papers
Working papers                                                       Library Contact Details
Theses and dissertations
                                                                     Library Phone Email
E-print archives are an excellent source of recent scholarly         All Saints Art and Design 0161 247 6108 art-
research. Not only will you find references but, in many   
cases, you will be able to link to the full-text documents. In       All Saints HLSS 0161 247 6106 humsocsci-
the case of pre-prints which may not have been through the 
peer-review process, you should exercise some judgement              All Saints Science and Engineering 0161 247
about the quality of the material.                                   6105
                                                                     Alsager 0161 247 5356 alsager-lib-
By their very nature, e-print archives provide access to re-
cent research, but some of the services allow you to locate          Aytoun 0161 247 3093 aytoun-lib-
the most recent additions easily. Watch out for links to   
“latest additions” or “most recent documents”.                       Crewe 0161 247 5002 crewe-lib-
Check the library website under the subject heading                  Didsbury           0161 247 6123 didsbury-lib-
Repositories for details of some of the major e-print ar-  
chives.                                                              Electronic Services Development Team 0161
                                                                     247 6115
                                                                     Elizabeth Gaskell 0161 247 6134 gaskell-
4. Funding opportunities                                   
Finding out about new sources of research funding is                 Hollings 0161 247 6119 hollings-lib-
remarkably simple thanks to Research Fortnight Online, a   
service tracking national and international funding opportu-
nities open to UK researchers. Its e-mail alerting service will
notify you of new funding opportunities in any disciplines
or from any funding agencies that you specify. Instructions
on how to register to use the service can be found at
After you have registered, log in with your personal user-
name and password. Under My Account on the right-hand
side of the screen, click on Set up email alerts. Follow the
onscreen instructions to set up alerts by discipline or by
sponsor and programme. The online user guide and Fre-

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