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Stony Brook University


Resources for Journalism, Communication, and Media Studies

Current Awareness - Alert Services

In general, databases and publishers provide three types of alert services to help researchers maintain current awareness:

Search Alerts - You do a search on your subject (eg. William Shakespeare and television adaptations) and receive alerts when new articles have been published on the topic.

Journal Alerts - Receive an alert when the new issue of a journal has been published. Some journals send the Table of Contents (TOC) and some send the TOC and Abstracts.

Citation Alerts - If you are interested in knowing when someone cites a specific article, you can set up a Citation Alert.  These are not available from all databases and publishers.

Generally, alerts are available either by email or RSS feed and require that you have set up an account with the database vendor. 

Proxy Borrowing (Giving your TA borrowing privileges for you)

You may authorize your TA or RA to charge out Library materials on your behalf.

Under this arrangement, you agree to be responsible for any materials borrowed on your behalf, including the return of all materials or the payment of replacement charges of items that are lost or damaged.

Proxy authorization may be granted up to the designated expiration date, and may be renewed as necessary, by completing the form again.

You must use the Proxy Borrower form to authorize someone to borrow materials on your behalf.

Resources for Teaching

Request a Library Instruction Session
Librarians are available to provide a hands-on library instruction session for your students in one of our computer classrooms. Please provide at least two weeks notice and we will work with you to plan a practical session that helps students complete an assignment. Use the link above to request a session. There are also regularly scheduled, open workshops. 

Course Reserves
Reserve books and articles from periodicals, as well as electronic resources, for the use of students enrolled in your classes. You may place hard copy materials through library reserve desks, on-line either using personal Blackboard web-pages, or on-line in the Library’s Electronic Reserves system. Fill out the online form or make your request(s) in person - allow a week to process

When linking to library resources it is very important to correctly format links  in order to ensure off-campus access. If you need assistance formatting a library URL for use in Blackboard or on a course webpage, please see the Incorporating Library Resources Into Blackboard guide.

Reference Librarian

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Chris Filstrup
Central Reading Room
Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY 11794
631-523-4635 (cell)

Scholarly Communications Toolkit

A toolkit of information and resources on open access, copyright, citation impact, grants, and publishing.