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spacespaceResearch resources: current awareness services

Current awareness services typically deliver news of new published research.

Last updated: 16 April, 2004

Some services deliver summaries of recently published journal article . These news alerts can be tailored to your research needs. They enable you to know about the content speedily and often enable you to request the full text of journal articles, sometimes before the printed journal appears (ie. a current awareness service can also act as a 'document delivery service').

Other services are simply news distribution services. Youth Field Xpress, the ACYS newsletter, aims to be a current awareness service for the youth field in Australia. The documents it summaries are not delivered in full-text.

This page outlines:

  1. Current awareness servicesthrough academic libraries
  2. News distribution services and news updates via email
  3. Overseasdistribution lists of interes

1. Current awareness services through academic libraries

  • Current Contents
    This is a current awareness service designed for the world academic community. It contains contents pages and abstracts of 8,000 scholarly journals from March 1993 right up to the present moment of publication. The service is an indispensable part of research. In Australia, anyone who's a bona fide student or staff member at an Australian University can use Current Contents. Contact your local library or university library about access privileges, login details and passwords.
  • Carl UnCover:
    This service helps you search the contents of about 17,000 general interest journals. Then use your local library or use UnCover itself to get the journal articles. UnCover is a current awareness and document delivery service and contains brief descriptive information for over 7,000,000 articles which have appeared since autumn 1988.
  • EBSCO-doc
    This is a similar service to Carl UnCover. If you're outside Australia and need to access articles from the ACYS journal, Youth Studies Australia, contact EBSCO, who will provide you with copies of articles you require for a fee.

2. News distribution services and news updates via email

These are generalist 'distribution' lists that are useful for receiving news updates. They are not 'discussion' lists.

Some email 'lists' act as news services offering news updates. They are not 'email discussion' lists as they are 'one-way traffic' lists only:

Australian Institute for Family Studies

To subscribe, see:
List owner: email: [email protected]

AWCH Electronic Newsletter (Association for the Welfare of Child Health)
PO Box 113, Westmead, 2145
Ph: (02) 9633 1988; fax: (02) 9633 1180
Email: [email protected]

'Drug Leads'
Australian Drug Foundation
This is an issues, media, news and events update from the ADF. 'Drug Leads' is distributed each week via email to professionals working in the alcohol and drug field, as well as to teachers, students and individuals who want information on drugs and alcohol. Subscribe via the ADF web site.

EdNA email lists
The Communicator is the EdNA email newsletter supplying the latest education and training news. To join: send an email to: [email protected] (and to post a message once subsdcribed: [email protected])
Also see:

Fast Facts
This is a fortnightly email and fax newsletter published by ANTA that outlines news and events in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. All Fast Facts editions are on the ANTA web site. Contact the editor at [email protected]

The Foundation for Young Australians grants alert
If you would like to receive email notification of our grant rounds as they are announced, send an email to: [email protected], with Grants Alert Mailing List Addition in the subject field.? You will receive notification of approximately five grant rounds in 2003.

Government information:
The Australian Government has a 'Media Release Service' provided by AUSINFO which allows you to be notified when new press releases are found on the Government web site. For further details see the media subscription service at
Also see:
Youth Pathways Action Plan, Taskforce Secretariat's online newsletter is produced as issues of interest arise. If you'd to receive notification when new editions are posted to this site, then join their distribution list by emailing [email protected]
Training and Youth Online: A web-based newsletter providing up-to-date information on the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training's training and youth initiatives.
Web site:

InfoXchange's Infocast of health and community sector news and information - see; also see their YOUTH NEWS section.

Rights: see:
Australian Children's Rights News: quarterly newsletter of the Australian Section -- Defence For Children International's Australian Children's Rights

The Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission implemented an email-based mailing list service in 2001 to help the commission to provide information about current human rights issues both at a domestic and an international level.

Yspace email newsletter edited by Phil Crane at the University of Queensland [email protected] To subscribe, send an email to [email protected] with the message 'Subscribe newsletter'

The Update: AuNz Net and Information Industry Briefs
To subscribe, send an email to: [email protected]

Youth peak news services

YACVic announce list provides information about activities of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria to YACVic members and supporters. It is not a general youth issues announcement list and postings are moderated.
Web site: or
Organisation: Youth Affairs Network of Victoria
Moderator: Alex Markham, email: [email protected]
To subscribe, send an email to:
[email protected]
To post a message to this group send an email to: [email protected]

YANQ email bulletin comes out at the end of each month. See web site


3. Overseas distribution lists of interest:

Youth Policy Updating Service
: National Youth Agency, UK
Maintained by:
General inquiries: send an email to: [email protected]
How to subscribe: send an email to: [email protected] making sure to put the words 'Subscribe to policy updating service' in the subject line.
Web site

Northern Light Search Alert service

If you know of other lists that are purely 'distribution' lists, send the information to: [email protected]


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