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2.5 Keep up to date

Identify and obtain  information
2.1 Define your search terms
2.2 An example search strategy
2.3 Search strategies
2.4 Select an appropriate tool
* 2.5 Keep up to date
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Professional reading keeps your knowledge and skills up-to-date:

Keeping up to date with professional literature

Each discipline has a group of journals which should be read if you wish to keep up-to-date. Most journals now offer an alert service e.g. latest Table of Contents (TOC) sent to you by email or RSS.

You may prefer to periodically run searches in various tools to find the latest information related to your field. e.g. Proquest databases are available to ECU alumni.

An organised approach to searching diminishes the possibility of missing important information. Think about setting up a specified subject alert/RRS in a database so that new information in a subject area is sent to you.

E-mail discussion lists, blogs, wikis etc

Once a suitable list (or group) has been located it may be necessary to subscribe or register with the group. Once you have joined a group, you can participate in group discussions.

Your lecturer, tutor or peers may suggest a relevant discussion list. Alternatively, use an Internet search tool to identify discussion lists in your field.

Professional organisations

Joining a professional organisation gives you the opportunity to network with fellow professionals through email lists, exchanging ideas.

Professional organisations provide information, publish trade journals and newsletters alerting you to new developments in the industry, continuing education opportunities and upcoming conferences.

Your lecturer, tutor or librarian may suggest an appropriate professional organisation. You can often join as a student member at a discount rate.

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