Skip to main content

RSS Readers, Article Alerts, and New Ways to Keep Up: New Tools for Tracking Articles

This guide details several different methods for keeping up with new literature in your field, be it through article alerts, RSS feeds, or a combination of the two in new article discovery systems.

What can you use beyond alerts and RSS?

The tools below all brand themselves in various ways: as time-savers, as replacements to e-Tables of Contents (e-TOC), or as better way to search the literature. Most of these comapnies are not stable library resource vendors, so if you like a tool, be prepared for a startup environment — not everything on the Internet perserveres.

Many of these tools are also strongest in life sciences domains, with widely variant coverage of the physical sciences and poor coverage of the social sciences.

Tools of Note

Sparrho is a recommendation engine for scientific information. It was founded in 2013 by researchers in the United Kingdom. As with most of these tools, it is strongest in medical and life sciences literature, but has decent content discovery potential for physical scientists.

PubChase focuses on literature in the medical field, and it queries the National Library of Medicine database to find relevant biomedical literature. Their services are not affiliated with NCBI.

Arximedes homepage

Have you been hoping for a tool focusing on the physical sciences? That's where Arximedes comes in. Arximedes focuses on the Physical Sciences and Techonoly fields, using the arXiv and the NASA ADS bibliographic database to generate its content. It covers 4000+ journals and contains numerous visualization features. 

Science Research Support Librarian

Kayleigh Bohemier's picture
Kayleigh Bohemier
During COVID-19 (and until at least March 31, 2020), library services have moved to online-only.

Please email me or use the Schedule Appointment button. Appointments will happen using Zoom or other videoconferencing software. Zoom has a phone option for those who need to call in.


Marx Science and Social Science Library (formerly called CSSSI)
Office C41
219 Prospect Street
Concourse Level
Kline Biology Tower