Many Library databases provide the ability to create alerts for content related to your research topic. Depending on the database's service, an alert can provide the table of contents to new issues of journals or a list of new articles based on search terms. Some databases even offer citation alerts, to inform you when a particular article has been cited. Setting up database alerts is a great way to find articles related to those which you have already included in your research. Additionally, it will help you to stay up to date with the latest research and trends in your discipline.
When you set up a search alert, the database automatically runs your search and sends you any search results added since the last time the search was run. You can set searches to run once a day, once a week, or less often.
Most alerts are provided by e-mail or RSS feed. Therefore, you will need to create individual database accounts in order to set up alerts, and in some cases have an RSS Reader account.
You may either set up a journal alert to be notified when new issues of a particular journal are published, or you may set up a search alert from a search screen. See the links below to learn more about how to set up these types of alerts.
ACM Digital Library
The table of contents alert service sends an email alert when a new issue of an ACM journal, magazine, newsletter or proceedings has been posted in ACM. To create alerts, you must have an ACM Web Account.
You must register with Annual Reviews to subscribe to e-mail or RSS feed alerts for Table of Contents, Topics, or Journals, or save searches.
Once registered, log into your account and view the options as shown below:
Save Searches (Follow Results)
After you perform a keyword or phrase search, look for the option to Follow Results to the top right of your results, as shown below:
You can set up alerts when new Ebook Central titles match your search criteria. Follow the instructions below to create Ebook Central search alerts:
Films on Demand
This database offers monthly email notifications about new titles in certain subject areas.
1. First, create an account by clicking on Create Account in the upper right. During the account creation, you will be prompted to select the subjects that interest you.
2. Make sure to check off "I would like to receive emails about new titles added within these subject areas" and click Save Changes, as shown below.
If you already have an account, simply visit the My Films link on the blue menu bar. You will then receive an email at the beginning of each month with a link that lists all titles added within your selected subject areas in the past 30 days. You can modify your selected subjects or opt out at any time.
Gale Academic OneFile
You will be sent an email message to confirm that your request has been received. Then the system will check for new content based on the frequency you selected. The alert email will contain individual links up to the first 20 new content items plus a link to the full results set. All emails you receive will contain a link allowing you to opt out of the alert so that you no longer receive future alerts.
Gale RSS Feed Alert:
Gale Journal Alert:
Homeland Security Digital Library
Note: To access these services, users must create an individual account first. See the link below for detailed instructions on creating your account.
Create search alerts, table of content alerts, and topic alerts to keep current on new content in your research area. Creating alerts requires that you create a personal account. You will be prompted to create an account after attempting to create an alert for the first time.
You can start out by searching LearnTechLib using keywords related to your research. On the results screen, click on the link for Search Alert, as shown below.
Follow the instructions below to create company or executive alerts.
Saved searches are delivered automatically whenever new articles that match your specific search criteria are available. If you add annotations to your search history, they are saved too.
Once you access Ovid, choose the database you want and create a search to be used as an AutoAlert. Next, click the Save All button, selecting the lines that you wish to include in your search strategy.
At this point, you are prompted to login to your Personal Account. You will need to create one if you don't already have one. See instructions here. After completing the Personal User Account setup, you'll see the following page. Name your search and customize your Alert by selecting scheduling options, delivery options, email address and subject, email options and report type.
Under report type, the third choice, Email includes records only, is what a typical AutoAlert contains (just the records). However, the additional choices include sending you a link to your search history in Ovid, along with your records. The second choice Email includes records, a Results Display Link, and a link to each record's Full text or Complete Reference Display is the choice that gives you everything.
Once you have entered the information to create your AutoAlert, Ovid returns to the main search page. If you click on the View Saved button, you can view the AutoAlert that you just created.
Click on the box next to the name of the AutoAlert to select it and you can then run (or delete, copy, rename, display, edit, or email a jumpstart for) it.
If you run the AutoAlert, you immediately receive an email with the results. Check it to ensure that the AutoAlert format meets your needs.
When you create a new AutoAlert, you receive your first results the next time the database is updated, and with every subsequent database update.
If you have any questions or problems please contact Technical Support by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also setup eTOC alerts in Ovid. Electronic Tables of Contents (eTOC) track changes in a specific journal’s table of contents.
You may create and schedule alerts to deliver new documents matching your search as they become available in ProQuest. Note: Content from the ebrary e-books database will not be included in alert emails or RSS delivery at this time.
You will need to create a ProQuest My Research account to modify, delete, or view all of your alerts. Detailed instructions for each type of ProQuest alert appear below.
After you run a search, you can save it to your My Research account. Your saved searches are listed on the Searches tab in My Research. Your searches are listed in descending order, meaning your most recent saved search is at the top and your oldest saved search at the bottom.
To save a search to My Research:
ProQuest Publication alerts
Provides a way for you to find specific publications, such as newspapers or magazines, and browse individual issues. When you browse or search for a publication, and it’s available, you can click the publication title to display a page that provides details about that publication.
Click the Create alert link to define your publication alert details. After responding to an email from ProQuest to confirm the email address you provided, your alert is activated.
For more information on creating and managing your My Research account saved searches and alerts, see the link below.
Register for a personal account in order to setup Publication Alerts, Topic Alerts, and Content Alerts. Click Sign In at the top of the screen and then click Register Now. After logging in, follow the below instructions for setting up alerts.
PsychiatryOnline Publication Alerts
Publication alerts will notify you when the current journal issue is available.
PsychiatryOnline Topic Alerts
Topic alerts will notify you when any resources related to that topic are added to PsychiatryOnline. This may include journal articles, news, best practices, and books.
PubMed allows you to subscribe to the PubMed New and Noteworthy RSS feed. To do so, click on the link as shown below.
Finally, you may save, automate your searches and have the results E-mailed to you through a free MyNCBI account. Follow the instructions below for saving searches and setting up email alerts.
You must create an individual account in order to setup SAGE alerts, save searches and save journals. Once you have signed in, click on the My Tools tab and then Add/edit/delete email alerts, as shown below.
The following types of Email Alerts are available for most SAGE journals:
SAGE Knowledge/Navigator/Research Methods & Videos
Save searches and create lists that contain SAGE Knowledge, Navigator, Research Methods & Video content. You will first need to login to your Profile account and/or sign up for a new account to save searches and create lists.
Save Content and Create Lists
Once logged in, browse or search for content. Click the icon as shown below to save the item to a list that you create. If you do not yet have any lists, you will be promoted to create one before you can save your content item.
To save your searches, simply conduct a search using the basic or advanced search boxes, then on the search results page, click the floppy disc icon as shown in the image below:
NOTE: creating this Profile account is valid for SAGE Knowledge, Navigator, Research Methods and Videos. You will need to create a different account for SAGE Journals.
You must create an individual account in order setup ScienceDirect alerts. To do so, click the link to Sign In at the top of the screen, and then click Not Registered? to create your account. Once you have signed in, click the plus sign (+) next to your name and then Manage my alerts, as shown below.
A description of the various types of ScienceDirect alerts also appears below.
For further information on ScienceDirect alerts, including a tutorial video, please see links below.
SpringerLink allows you subscribe to search results via RSS feed. To do so, simply click on the RSS icon on the search results screen, as shown below.
You may also set up Table of Contents alerts for specific Springer journals. To do so, locate the journal that you are interested in and then click on the links to Stay up to Date, as shown below.
Select Register for journal updates and on the next page look for the box that allows you to enter your email address:
You may subscribe to the Statista RSS to say up-to-date on new content added. Look for the RSS icon at the bottom of any Statista page, as shown below.
Taylor & Francis Online
You must create an individual account in order to setup Taylor & Francis journal alerts. To do so, click the Register link at the top of the screen. Fill out the information requested. A confirmation email will be sent to the address you have provided. You must respond to the confirmation email to activate your account.
New Content (TOC) Alerts
You must create an individual account in order setup Ulrichsweb alerts. To do so, click Log in to My Ulrich's at the top of the screen. Next, click Create a New Account. Fill out the information requested.
Once you have logged in, click on the Workspace link in order to setup your alerts. Then, click on the Alerts tab, as shown below. Once there, click on Create Alert on the right hand side of the screen. You may setup alerts to be notified when journals in your subject area have ceased publication or have changed titles, or when new publications have been added.
Web of Knowledge / Web of Science
You must create a personal account in order to create alerts for Web of Knowledge. To register, click Sign In in the upper right hand corner of the screen, and then select Register. Fill out the information requested to create your account. Once you have logged into your account, you will be able to set Citation Alerts and Saved Searches.
This feature allows you to receive an e-mail alert when articles you select are cited. Alternately, you can use this feature to keep a list of your favorite articles. To add an article to this list (and receive an e-mail each time it is cited), follow the instructions below.
This feature allows you to receive email alerts or RSS feeds of the latest documents which result from running your search query. You may create as many alerts as you need. Follow the instructions below for creating alerts for Saved Searches.
Wiley Online Library
You must create a personal account in order to create alerts for Wiley Online To register, click Log in/Register in the upper right hand corner of the screen, and then select Register. Fill out the information requested and click Submit registration. Once you have logged into your account, you will be able to set email alerts for new content and saved searches. To manage existing Wiley alerts, click on My Profile at the top of the screen, and then select Alert Manager. To set alerts follow the instructions below.
You can sign up to receive an e-mail alert containing the table of contents for any Wiley Online Library journals. Simply find publications of interest using Publications or Browse by Subject and choose Get New Content Alert from the Journal Tools menu, as shown below. For journals publishing Accepted and Early View articles, these will be included in your e-mail alerts.
You can be notified by e-mail when new papers are published that match your search criteria. Simply conduct a search and choose Save Search on the Search Results page, as shown below.
You do not need a Google Account in order to create search alerts and citation alerts. You can enter any email address of your choice. If the email address isn't a Google account or doesn't match your Google account, then Google will email you a verification link, which you'll need to click in order to start receiving alerts.
To create a search alert, search for the topic of interest, and click the envelope icon in the sidebar of the search results page, as shown below. Enter your email address, and click Create alert. Google Scholar will then periodically email you newly published papers that match your search criteria. There's a link to cancel the alert at the bottom of every notification email.
To create a Google Scholar citation alert, search for the title of your article and then click on the Cited by link, as shown below. Next, click on the envelope icon in the left sidebar of the search results page. Enter your email address, and click Create alert.
You can get emails when new results for a topic show up in Google Search. For example, you can set alerts for your topic keywords or for researcher names.
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