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Current Awareness: Staying Up to Date in Law

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Scholarly Literature

Using indexes, journals, and books are another way to stay current with the law.

Journal Indexes

A journal index is a publication that lists journal articles or citations published in a specific field. Indexes that provide alerts are great tools for staying up to date in the law because they allow you to review a list of new scholarly articles published on a given topic.

Some journal indexes that allow you to set up alerts include: 

Specific Journals

Some platforms allow you to set up alerts for new issues of specific journal titles, including:

New Books and Resources in the Library

The Library's academic search tool (Omni) allows you to set up email alerts for specific searches that can help you learn about new resources that have been added to the Library's collections.

First, set up a search that retrieves highly relevant results for your research area. On the Advanced Search form, you can choose to select either "Queen's" or "Queen's + Omni Libraries" depending on whether you would like to extend your results beyond the Queen's University Library collection. You may also want to narrow the "Resource Type" to a specific type of publication such as "Books and eBooks", because otherwise your alert may retrieve an unmanageably large number of results each week.

Once you've conducted a relevant search, use the "Save query" icon above your results list to save that search to your account (note: you must be logged in to Omni to use this functionality). Then follow the prompts to set up a weekly email alert that will include any newly added titles matching your search criteria.

Searches can be managed from My Favourites in Omni, where you can turn them on or off, delete them, or set an RSS feed. 

Screenshot of a search in Omni, highlighting the "save query" button above the results list.