Keeping Up: Current Awareness Tips & Tools for Educators

Welcome AETC Attendees!

The resources referenced in my presentation, Keeping Up: Current Awareness Tips & Tools for Educators, are listed below.  They are also available via the Diigo collaborative bookmarking site: mbfortson’s aetc2011 Bookmarks on Diigo.

You can find a copy of the presentation slides here: Keeping Up: Current Awareness Tips & Tools for Educators.

Thanks for visiting.

About Twitter | Twitter

“Social networking and microblogging service utilizing instant messaging, SMS or a web interface.”

Advanced Search | Twitter

Create your own Google Scholar RSS feed | What You’re Doing Is Rather Desperate

“The process for creating a Google Scholar feed is a little complex. Here’s my first attempt.”

current awareness service | Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science (ODLIS)

“A service or publication designed to alert scholars, researchers, readers, customers, or employees to recently published literature in their field(s) of specialization, usually available in special libraries serving companies, organizations, and institutions in which access to current information is essential. Such services can be tailored to fit the interest profile of a specific individual or group. Some online catalogs and bibliographic databases include a “preferred searches” option that allows the library user to archive search statements and re-execute them as needed. Synonymous with selective dissemination of information. See also: current contents.”


“Your favorite site doesn’t provide news feeds? This free online service converts any web page to an RSS feed on the fly. ”

Google Alerts

“Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.”

Google Reader

“Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content.”

Google Reader for Beginners | Official Google Reader Blog

Google Realtime Search

“Realtime Search lets you see up-to-the-second social updates, news articles and blog posts about hot topics around the world.”

Google Scholar

“Provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles.”

How to Start Tweeting (and Why You Might Want To) | ProfHacker | The Chronicle of Higher Education

“Twitter can help academics make and maintain connections with people in their fields, find out about interesting projects and research, or crowdsource questions and technical problems.”


“JournalTOCs is the largest free collection of scholarly journals Tables of Contents (TOCs). It contains TOCs for 15,194 journals (including 1,698 Open Access journals) collected from 709 publishers.”


“Create an RSS feed for any web page.”

#rss | Lifehacker stories with the #rss tag.

RSS in Plain English | Common Craft

“An introduction to RSS as a way to save time reading web sites.”

Twitter Guide Book: How To, Tips and Instructions by Mashable | Mashable

“Twitter is a social network used by millions of people, and thousands more are signing up every day to send short messages to groups of friends. But where’s the user manual for Twitter? Where do new Twitter users go to learn about Tweeting, retweets, hashtags and customizing your Twitter profile? Where do you go if you want to know all about building a community on Twitter, or using Twitter for business? How can you find advanced tools for using Twitter on your phone or your desktop? To answer all these questions and more, we’ve assembled The Twitter Guide Book, a complete collection of resources for mastering Twitter. Happy Tweeting!”

Video: RSS in Plain English | YouTube


“Twitter Directory and Search.”

What Are Hashtags (# Symbols)? | Twitter Help Center

“The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.”

What Is RSS | Dive into XML |

“RSS is a format for syndicating news and the content of news-like sites.”

Write a Literature Review | UC Santa Cruz University Library

Professional literature: “scholarly articles, books and other sources (e.g. dissertations, conference proceedings) relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory.”