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Keeping up with new research

Resources and strategies to help you to stay updated with new research more easily.

Staying updated with social media

Following social media pages of authors/researchers, publishers and individual journal titles are a great way to find out about new research. Often, an announcement of research in progress or a soon to be published article/book/chapter is shared before the actual item is indexed and added to a database. 

Using social media to stay updated with new literature is useful if you favour a few particular journals, wish to network with researchers and if you have social media accounts like Twitter or Facebook.

Setting up social media alerts


Research Gate

Twitter alerts

Follow and engage with researchers and organisational accounts. Subscribe to newsfeeds for hashtags to receive notifications of tweets related to conferences, news, research projects, etc. 

This is a third-party tool which allows you to follow hashtags. More information on how to use it can be found here.

Subject-based list of recommended academic tweeters from London School of Economics

Twitter's advanced search allows you to search for specific keywords, accounts or locations.

Use these lists to find other researchers with similar interests. 


  • Social media for academics (Carrigan)
    • This book provides practical advice and suggestions for using social media to find new research, network and share your own scholarship 
    • Find it in the RRU library: HM742 .C357 2016


  • Social media for academics: a practical guide (Neal)
    • ​Chapter 2: Non-academic and academic social networking sites for online scholarly communities
    • Chapter 4: Locating scholarly papers of interest online
    • Read it online