Web Current Awareness
The links on this page are useful for librarians or anyone who has a professional interest in keeping up with the most useful sites on the Web. Many of these sites will let you subscribe to their updates by e-mail or RSS.
Current Awareness Web Sites
- Digital Librarian's New Sites
- Free Pint - Reviews Web sites in many areas (focus on business); newsletter comes out twice a month; archives available
- Internet Resources Newsletter - Monthly (last issue Dec. 2009) with an emphasis on academic resources (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland)
- Internet Scout Project
- The Scout Report - A weekly update of the best of the Internet. Started in 1994.
- Internet Scout Weblog
- Scout Report archives
- Neat New Stuff on the Net - By "librarian without walls" Marylaine Block
- Research Buzz
- ResourceShelf - Blog where librarian Gary Price lists his latest discoveries.
- Real-Time Information - Sites that tell you about stuff going on right Now
- Yahoo Picks - Ended Jan. 1, 2008
- Web Savvy (Cyberlibrarians' Rest Stop)
Sites that link to many other current awareness Web pages.
Custom Alert Services (Web Site Tracking)
These sites offer services that track changes to Web pages. Most of these are Web-based services; WebSite Watcher, however, is client-based (i.e., you download software to your computer).
- Change Detection - Monitor pages for changes, or notify visitors of changes to your site
- Change Notes (formerly Watchit.us)
- Tracerlock - Even works with news sites
- Watch That Page
- WebSite Watcher - $40 download (free trial)
- Web Page Change Detection Resources (Steven Bell)
Other Ways to Keep Up with Your Field Online:
Many of these ideas come from ResourceShelf, April 21, 2006.
Use one of the above Web site tracking services to monitor the Web site of a researcher or university department you're interested in.
Monitor the Web site for a conference at which relevant papers are likely.
Do a search using a Journal Index, then see if you can get e-mail or RSS updates. This may work on journal indexes available from your library, which are often of higher quality than the free indexes on the open Web.
Trapping: Real-Time Research on the Web by Tara Calishain (New Riders, 2007)
(Find it in a library)
- Keeping Current: Advanced
Internet Strategies to Meet Librarian and Patron Needs by Steven M. Cohen (ALA Editions, 2003)
(Find it in a library)