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History: Finding Information & Keeping Current

Welcome to the Glucksman Library guide supporting the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in the University of Limerick

News and Newspapers

RSS Feeds

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary. A n RSS “feed”, contains a summary of content or headlines from a website – title, description and link. 

RSS icons

To use an RSS feed, you must have an RSS reader. Most RSS readers are available to download free on the Web and can be desktop readers or web-based options. Examples include:

Advantages of RSS feeds include:

  • Save time
  • Convenience – have all your updates in one portal
  • Keep updates separate from email
  • Don’t usually have to give out personal details

Social Media

Other ways to stay current is to follow people in your research field via their blogs, Twitter or by joining or creating groups on academic social networking sites such as Mendeley, ResearchGate, and the Social Science Research Network.

In addition to blogs from individuals, there are also blogs from respected journals and academic institutions such as:

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has produced lists of academic tweeters by discipline and has also produced a guide to using Twitter for academics.

Other Methods of Keeping Current

Other methods of keeping up-to-date include:

Email Discussion Lists – Search and browse for relevant lists at and

Preprint Servers – E.g. for Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics

YouTube –

Podcasts – Search for academic podcasts in iTunes and listen via your PC or on mobile apps for various devices including Android smartphones

Slideshare – Find presentations on the latest research from academics and conferences

Current print newspapers in the library

The library receives a selection of regional, national and international newspapers in print.  Recent issues are found in the Popular Reading Room on the Ground Floor.  Earlier issues may be available in storage.