Keeping up to date

With so much information available, it is vital that you keep up to date with current publications and developments in your research field.

For help with literature searching contact your Academic Liaison Librarian

New books

Library Catalogues are key resources to help you locate details of published books and monographs. Main examples include:

  • Oxford Brookes LibrarySearch: provides details of all our resources. Once you have carried out a search you can extend your search beyond Brookes by clicking the option 'Libraries Worldwide' on the left side of the screen. Select 'Books', located below 'Formats' to narrow your search to books.
  • British Library catalogue provides details of the huge rage of resources available in the British Library including books
  • Library Hub Discover: provides access to details of materials held in many UK national, academic and specialist libraries. Use the advanced search feature to narrow your search to books.
  • Oxford University Library Services collections: provides details of the University of Oxford's resources. Select advanced search to narrow your search to books.
  • Publisher information - the websites of individual publishers provide useful details of books in your area. Many publishers enable you to set up alerts for new and forthcoming books in your areas.

New journal articles

Many electronic resources offer an alerting service which allows you to specify which topics, authors and/or journals you are interested in. You will then be alerted by email or Web feed (RSS) when new information becomes available.

Below are details of a selection of key research tools which offer alerting services. There are many other databases and ejournal collections which also provide alert services, including: databases on the EBSCOhost and ProQuest platforms; Sage Premier Collection; Cambridge University Press journals. Check the help options on each platform for information.

  • Our Course resource pages give details of resources specific to your subject discipline. If you need any further help or advice, please contact your Librarian.
  • Journal TOCS is the largest free collection of scholarly Table of Contents covering many subject areas. You can follow the journals of your choice by ticking the checkboxes available in Search and Browse results. You will then receive alerts when new issues of your followed journals are published.
  • Zetoc is a research database which provides access to over 30,000 journals and more than 52 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents. As well as searching the database content you can set up personalised email alert or RSS feeds to track the latest articles or journal titles in your areas of interest.
  • You can set up alerts for your favourite journals and receive table of content details when they are published. You can also set up alerts for authors and keywords. Select Zetoc Alert from the Zetoc homepage
  • The Web of Science Service provides a single route to all the Clarivate Analytics products subscribed to by Oxford Brookes. These include BIOSIS Citation Index, Journal Citation Reports, MEDLINE, Web of Science Core Collection. This core collection provides access to the key research journals in many subject areas in the Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities.
  • Coverage of the core collection includes the key research journals in many subject areas and is updated weekly. Each item listed on the database includes a list of the author's cited references, allowing you to search for a specific cited reference. There is extensive help on the database on using all the features
  • Alert service: You can register with the database to set up your own search history alerts and citation alerts and also to use EndNote.

Also see our guidance on Cited reference searching to find all the papers that have cited a specific author or article.


Future conferences - what, where and when

  • Conference Alerts is a free service which enables you to keep up to date with conferences taking place in your field. You can search for forthcoming conferences by topic or by country and view brief details and links to further information including a contact person. You can also subscribe to a free email alerting service to receive updates of conferences which match your research interests.
  • H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences online includes conference announcements.
  • The websites of learned societies & organisations can provide details of conferences and events in their field.

Tracing published conference literature: the library subscribes to the following online services which enable you to trace published conference literature.

  • Conference proceedings is an index which provides access to the published literature of the most significant conferences, symposia, workshops, and conventions in the areas of science, technology and medicine. Details and an abstract are included. It covers material published since 1990. Conference proceedings are part of the Web of Science Core Collection. Once you have accessed Web of Science, click on the drop down arrow next to 'All Databases' and choose Web of Science Core Collection. If you want to search conference proceedings only, at the next screen you have the option to limit your search (towards the bottom of the screen).
  • Zetoc provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents and includes around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. It is updated daily and covers material published since 1993. You can search by author, title, keyword or conference name.

Discussion lists

Electronic discussion lists are valuable sources of information and support collaboration and knowledge sharing. There is an increasing array of social media sites including blogs and social networks. Examples include:

News, TV and radio

  • Box of Broadcasts: (BOB) this service gives you access to thousands of recorded radio and TV programmes including films from an online archive. It allows users to record programmes which will then be stored on the database. When you access BoB, you will be prompted to sign in. Click the sign in button and select Oxford Brookes. You will be prompted to enter your Brookes username and password. On the database choose Archive to search for programmes including films. You can also search for playlists and create your own.
  • Our News and current affairs webpage provides details of and access to a range of resources for current and historical news.