Current awareness services assist you with keeping up-to-date with new publications in your subject area. For example, most journal indexes and databases allow you to set up a profile where your search can be automatically run periodically and the results emailed to you. Many databases also allow you to set up alerts to email you the table of contents of a journal each time that a new issue is published and added to the database. A number of different services are available:
Journal alerts - receive the table of contents each time an issue is published, or save a search for a topic and have it run automatically every day, week or month
Book alerts - find out about new books purchased by the Library or set up alerts to find out about new books published around the world.
Web alerts - be notified of new or changed web pages, the same as you can for Journal articles and books.
Citation Alerts - find out when someone has cited an article of interest.
Discussion Lists - use email to communicate with a group of people with similar interests.
Conferences - be notified of upcoming conferences and calls for papers.
RSS feeds - use software that allows you to gather the RSS feeds from various sites and then displays them for you to read.
FYI - this page provides some hints and tips on how to manage current awareness services