Overview – The Research tab  is for setting up news feeds, web alerts and social searches about topics you are following.  You can then share the information with your social networks as you see fit.

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There are three types of research items as follows:

News feeds – Select + Research and then choose news feed to add a feed by URL or to search the news feed directory and add a feed. research news feed

Alerts – Alerts are feeds that show information on topics you are interested anywhere on the internet.  You must login with a Google account in order to create an alert.  Then simply type in the text you would like and save it in order create alerts. research alerts

Social – Social feeds allow you to search and view social media for specific terms.  Click on +Search and enter a search term as well as a title category and visibility and social searches will appear on the left side of the screen.research social search