Google Scholar is one of the easiest tools to use for you who are interested in keeping up with the latest research in any given subject field. Google Scholar is, for sure, not all-encompassing and not all articles are available for free, but if you find an article you want access to you can always search for a self-archived version of that article – most publishers allow the author to self-archive his or her text after a certain time has passed.
Google Scholar allows you to set up alerts for customized search queries, and whenever a new article matches your query, you’ll receive a notification in your email inbox. Currently, I have eight alerts that generate about 20 notification emails per month. The queries all relate to “internet of things”, “material media”, “collaborative media”, “new public spheres”, “media studies” etc. Set up your own alerts here, you need to be logged in to your Google account.
What services are you using to keep track of what is being written in your academic field?