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Hospitality and Travel Management (HE): Keeping up-to-date

Current Awareness

Current awareness means keeping up-to-date with developments in your area of interest.  It is extremely important for HTM students to be aware of changes in hospitality and tourism markets, particular industries, the economy, and in the wider business environment.  You can select sources for current awareness that can provide you with the latest news, update you on trends in the industry, get alerts when a certain company is mentioned in a journal article or the press, or just get a general tourism news email from an organisation like Visit Britain or the Travel Trade Gazette.  Below are some selected Current Awareness sources for you to try.

Academic Current Awareness

If there is a particular topic that you are interested in, rather than repeat your search each week to view new content, you can set up daily, weekly or monthly alerts with a database to automatically run the search and email you if anything has been published since the last alert.  If your lecturer has advised you to look at a particular journal, set up a table of contents alert (TOC) to see what has been published in the most recent edition. 

Commercial Awareness

Employers want to see applicants who can demonstrate an awareness of the business environment. This means being aware of the company's aims and mission, the market, competitors, and wider political and economic issues.  Keep informed by using the key tools below. 

Current Awareness services

Many academic journals allow you to register your details so that you are automatically sent the table of contents (TOC) by email when new issues are published.  If we subscribe to the journal, you can usually link directly to the full text of the article.  Search using a web browser for the page of your favourite journal and look for links to TOC alerts.

You can also set up journal alerts from library databases such as SportDiscus, Hospitality and Tourism Complete, Emerald and Business Source Premier.  These will automatically notify you each time a new issue is available.  

Click on the publications link at the top of the page, find your publication and click on the title.  You will see a button called Share – click on that and choose Email Alert.  You will need to register or sign in.   For Emerald, click on Journals & Books and find the journal title, click on the link and then select ToC Alert.  Again you will need to register to access this feature.

Zetoc is the British Library's table of content service for further and higher education institutions.  You can search for the latest table of contents from over 28,000 journals.  For more information click here.

You will be familiar with using databases to find the latest journal articles on your topic.  Did you know that you can also set up alerts that will run these searches automatically, emailing you the results on a daily, weekly or monthly basis? Even better, where the database provides the full text, you will be able to access the article from a link in the email. 

Use Discover to search all the main Business and Service Management databases - here's how in 4 easy steps:  

  1. Run your search until you get the results you require.  Once you had created a search you are happy with, click on the Create Alert button next to the search fields and fill in the form. 
  2. You will be prompted to Sign In – you will have to register if you do not already have an account.  Click on Create a new Account and fill in the fields.  You only have to do this once, but Discover does require a very strong password with letters and numbers.
  3. Once you have set up your account, you will see the Create Alert box. Select the settings you require and click on Save Alert.
  4. Log in again to edit or delete your search alert if required, for example if you want to receive alerts more regularly.

​This Search Alert will search across business databases such as Emerald and Business Source Premier, but you can also set alerts within just those databases if you require.

Search Alert on Emerald

For Emerald, click on 'Register' to create your profile.  'Your Profile' provides space that will enable you to save search alerts, subscribe to alerts such as table of contents for your favourite journals or to weekly digests for all journal issues.

Rather than search for a particular topic, you may just want to browse the newest articles or reports.  IBIS World lists the most recent reports below the main search box.  These have usually been updated in the last couple of weeks.  For Emerald, click on your subject area on the home page and you can view either the Most Recent or the Most Read articles in your area.

The library takes a selection of daily newspapers which include the latest business and politics news.  Flick through the Telegraph and Argus for local information at the library counter, or read the national newspapers such as The Guardian, FInancial Times, or The Times online via our newspaper database. 

Browse our magazines: Winning Edge includes the latest in Marketing news and stories, or read Accounting for the latest information from the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

To keep up to date with the library, keep an eye on our blog, Twitter account and Facebook page for the latest library information and news stories that have caught our attention!

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary but can also be described as a newsfeed that you subscribe to. 

An RSS feed is an easy way for you to keep up-to-date with your favourite websites, journals, blogs, and social media services. 

To do this you will need a RSS Reader, such as Feedly or Bloglines, or RSS Feed Readers in IE and Chrome, that automatically update you when new content is available.

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