If you want to lead in the internet age, then you need to access important information rapidly. Use these tools to get out in front.
Deciding which tool to use
Whether you are new to these tools or not, spending some time familiarising yourself with different ways to keep up-to-date may save you considerable time in the future. In deciding which tool to use, think about the answers to the following questions:
- Do I want everything coming into my mailbox?
- Where and how do I access these tools?
- What’s the best use of my time?
- Will these tools expose information sources I haven’t previously used?
The table below lists some pros and cons which may be useful for you to consider.
Easy to set up
Archived on the web
Opportunity for networking
|May overwhelm your mailbox|
Not always active
Able to access full information (e.g. article, podcast or proceedings) from brief summary
Easy to manage
Need to set up a feed reader
Graphics and photos do not appear
Not always available
|Alerts||Delivered to your mailbox|
Relevance is high
Exposed to the material you were unaware of
Dependent on the quality of your search
Have to register with several sites
Not available for every resource you may be interested in