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Graduate Students' Guide to Library Resources and Services

Resources, tools, and services provided to graduate students by the University of Cincinnati Libraries.


UC is supporting BrowZine - a website as well an iPhone,  iPad and Android tablet app that brings UC libraries' scholarly journals and open access journals to your computer, phone or tablet so you can build a bookshelf, browse, read, and monitor your favorite journals.  The process of adding it to your wireless device is fairly simple:

  1. Download the free app from the app stores.
  2. If you are on site, BrowZine might recognize which institution you belong to and log you in. Otherwise select the University of Cincinnati from the list of institutions.
  3.  If you are asked to login with your library credentials, enter UC’s username and password. This will start building the journal list.
  4. Search for journals or browse by subject Select journals either by subject or by title.
  5. Click “Add to my Bookshelf” 

Clicking on the journal on the bookshelf will display a list of current articles. You can also browse issues back to 2005.

You can also email or save up to 500 articles, which you can share, open in another app,  send to Zotero, etc.

You can also set push notification for the new issues of your favorite journals.

Watch the walkthrough video below. Many other videos about BrowZine are available on vimeo or YouTube.

Current awareness and alert services

Current awareness services, including tables of contents, new books, search, and citation alerts,  will help you to stay informed when new information is published in your area of interest. Once you set up an account, the information is pushed at a specified frequency (daily, weekly, monthly) via email or an RSS feed.  You usually need to set up a free account/profile to receive alerts.

Reasons to have alert services:

  • Current Awareness: learn about recent articles and other publications in your area of interest, including the contents of newly published journals.
  • Customized content: control the the amount and regularity of received information.
  • Time management: have information automatically delivered to you without rerunning the same search all the time.
  • Organization: maintain a personal database in bibliographic management software, like RefWorks. Learn about  getting information from RSS Feeds into RefWorks.

Selected TOC (table of contents) alert services

Book alerts

Google Book Alerts

  • Type in a title, author name, or topic.
  • Under "Result type" choose “Books.”
  • Click "Create alert."

You will receive notification emails about recently published books.

Summon allows you to get alerts on newly added books to UC Libraries.   

  • Enter search terms.
  • Limit to published after... (for example, 1 Jan 2014).
  • Under "content type" select "book/e-book."
  • Click "Search."
  • On the results screen click the RSS button.

Search alerts

Search alerts allow you to be notified when results matching your search criteria are added to the database.

Summon offers RSS feeds for specific searches, without creating a login or an account.

Once you create a search and narrow it to your specifications, use the RSS button to add it to your feed reader.

Some databases below require that you create a profile or account in order to store your searches. You can then create an email alert or RSS feed so that any new articles that meet your search criteria are sent to you.

Citation alerts

Citation alerts will let you know when the article of interest to you has been cited, so that you do not need to continually rerun the same searches. Alerts can only be run by article, not by author.

Web of Science

  • Click on "My Citation Alerts." You need to have a Web of Science account to create alerts.
  • Search for the article that you would like to create an alert for.
  • Click on the title of the record to view the full article.
  • Click on "Create Citation Alert." To create an RSS feed for the Alert, click on the XML button.
  • Citation alerts expire after one year but can be renewed in the "My Citation Alerts" screen in Web of Science.

Google Scholar

  • After conducting your search select "Create email alert."
  • If you are logged into a Google account, that will be the email address associated with the alert. If you sign out of your Google account, you can enter any email address that you choose.
  • Click on "Create alert."
  • You will receive a verification email asking you to confirm your alert.

RSS feeds

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a convenient way to keep up with new information, from websites to news services to table of contents of your favorite journals as well as podcasts and vodcasts.

Once you have set up an account with a feed reader, just copy and paste the feed link to start receiving content. Often it ends with XML (eXtensible Markup Language) and you'll often see this icon:  RSS Feed icon

Keeping current with technology

Keeping current with technology in the workplace is crucial. Here are a few good reasons.

  • You want to anticipate, meet, and exceed customers' expectations.
  • You need to know the extent of your customer’s technological expertise and stay on pace with them.
  • You don't want to miss opportunities to connect and interact with customers.

Generally, you will continue to learn, and learning in the workplace is not limited to technology. While your employers will offer some learning opportunities for you, you will often be setting your own goals and determining ways to acquire new knowledge and skills.

Here are some sources that will help you stay current and learn what you need:

  • Blogs, podcasts, and forums
    These are great sources for the most current information.
  • Twitter: identify experts and follow them.
  • Online tutorials
    • Find out if your employer has a subscription to or a similar library of tutorials.
    • Visit sites of software and product vendors: they often have free online tutorials.
    • Search the following for tutorials:

  • Professional organizations and associations offer wonderful training and professional development opportunities. Check out their website; there may be free training materials.
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