Mailing lists can be an excellent way of sharing ideas and information with others working in your research area, as well as finding out about relevant conferences and other events.
JISCMail hosts a large number of groups that enable researchers to collaborate. You will need to sign up to the site and to individual groups.
Social media such as blogs and Twitter can be useful when researching a topic and when keeping up to date with the latest research:
Some databases will let you save your searches for future reference. You may need to create an account with the database provider to do this. It may even be possible to set up alerts and receive a notification when new items are added which match your search.
If you can't save your searches in this way, you should still try to keep some record of your searches should you need to recreate them.
Procedures for setting up alerts vary in different databases but in general, after you have run your search, look out for boxes such as "Create Alert". Database help pages will give you more information, or speak to your Academic Liaison Librarian for guidance on specific resources.
There are a number of alerting services available which send you details of newly-published journal articles in your area of study or research:
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