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CPSY 715 - Life Span Development: Keeping Current

Where to find policy briefs from think tanks, research institutions, and Congress & other governmental sources


Keeping Up

Here's a good article from the Chronicle on keeping up with professional journal reading.

Consult the Libraries' complete list of journals to see if we have your desired titles. If you'd like some help figuring out if your desired journals have a table-of-contents or search alert as described in the article, contact your liaison librarian.

Alerting Services Overview

Many UST databases include the ability to send users alerts to new content via email or RSS feeds.  This may take the form of:

  • Table of Contents alerts: generated and delivered every time a new issue of an individual publication is issued
  • Search alerts: saving a keyword or subject search that the database periodically re-runs and then notifies the user of new articles meeting the search criteria
  • Topic alerts: automatic periodic notifications of articles on pre-selected topics
  • Citation alerts: notices issued every time an article of interest is subsequently cited in the same database

There are various ways to receive these alerts.  The easiest way is to set up an RSS news feed and get tables of contents sent to that one place via the A-Z list of journal titles

The other, more involved way is to set up alerts through each provider.  These current awareness services are available at no charge, but typically require users to register for a free account with the database provider

Each provider handles this differently and not all providers offer this service.  But each provider that does has a HELP link with instructions for setting up alerts.


We encourage students, faculty, and staff to use these tools to keep up to date on the literature of their field. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact your liaison librarian

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Conrad Woxland
Charles J. Keffer Library | MOH 206F
Subjects: Education, Psychology