Keeping up-to-date or staying current in your field is becoming increasingly difficult due to an explosion of information and tools available.
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Alerts notify you by e-mail or RSS feed of new records that are added to a database that match search terms you have specified. You can create as many alerts as you can manage.
There are three types of Alert:
To create alerts, you must first sign in or register with on the database's website. This is a free service and involves creating a password to access your alert account.
You can also join discussion lists, groups or email lists related to your area of interest. For example Google Groups.
Stay up to date with journals of interest to you with Table of Contents Alerts (TOC).
You can set up TOC alerts in most databases. If you need help, contact your Liaison Librarian.
You can set up Search Alerts and Citation Alerts in Google Scholar.
1. Search Alert
2. Citation Alert
Email notification is sent when nominated articles are cited by another article. Available from Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar.
You can use a database alerting service to save a search as an alert. The alert automatically searches the database for the latest records matching your saved searches. The database will then send you updated relevant results by e-mail or RSS feed. Usually, you need to create an account in the database to be able to set up alerts. This is free.
Although different databases will have different procedures for setting up search alerts, the general principles are same. You must:
Enter the search term or query that you want to receive an alert for
Save the search as an alert
Name the alert and select alert option (e.g. email alert)
Choose alert notification frequency (e.g. receive weekly or monthly alerts)
Alerts run your query automatically at scheduled timed and send you new results via email.
RSS feeds are also used to notify you of new items found by the query. All you need is to have an RSS reader installed on your computer.
Perform a search and limit your results to New items.