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Digital and social media tools

Keeping up to date

It may be useful to use tools to keep up to date with new research, current affairs and read blogs and tweets written by academics, researchers and practitioners in your chosen field of interest. Examples of tools include:


BrowZine is an online journal browser and current awareness tool, which provides direct access to the majority of the Library’s current journals across the disciplines. BrowZine offers a simple way to keep up to date with browsing and reading current and recent journal articles.

Browzine is also in a format optimized for tablet devices. You can create a personal bookshelf of favourite journals, be alerted when new editions of journals are published and easily save references to RefWorks and other services.

Once installed, the first time you open the app you can choose your library from a drop down list. Select “City, University of London” then enter your City username and password into the login screen.

Download BrowZine and choose the appropriate link for your Android or iOS mobile device.

Newspapers and magazines

These databases are updated daily and can be used to search UK and international news from the 1980s onwards. 

When searching Nexis UK and Factiva you can access the full text of those newspapers which are normally restricted by paywalls, such as The Times (London) and the New York Times.


Twitter is useful to keep up to date with:

  • News and current affairs and research.
  • Different Twitter accounts from researchers and academics.
  • Obtaining feedback on your research ideas. 
  • Following conference and event hashtags such as #vitae, #lilac22.

Research blogs

Blogs are useful to express your own opinions and to promote your research. You may wish to have your own blog - see our information on City blogs.  They are also useful for current awareness and to find out what other researchers in your field are working on.

You can find some blogs of interest by searching Google and adding the term blogs to your search.

You can follow researchers' blogs and see their new postings and some blogs are interactive and allow comments and discussion. Useful research blogs include: The Thesis Whisperer and PhD life.

Your University or institution might have its own blog platform which you could use or there are many free ones available such as WordPress and Blogger.

Mendeley and Zotero communities

Mendeley and Zotero are free bibliographic management tools which you can use to create a library of references of articles, book chapters, books, reports and conference papers.

These sites also encourage sharing and collaboration and you can do this by joining various Special Interest Groups.