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Types of Alerts

A great way to save time and keep up with new literature is through the use of alerts.  Many resources will let you create alerts to automatically re-run your searches and let you know when new articles are released. Alerts may be delivered by email or as an RSS feed. Usually some form of account registration is required.

You may set up several types of alerts:

  • Search Alert
    To automatically look for your search terms on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
  • Table of Contents (TOC) Alert
    To have the newest table of contents of a specific journal delivered to you as it becomes available.
  • Citation Alert
    To recieve notification when a specific article is cited in another work.
 

Search Alerts

Search alerts allow you to search for a topic in one or more databases and then save that search to be automatically run on a regular schedule.  When new items are found that match your search, you will be sent an e-mail message or a new entry will appear in your RSS feed.  Most search alerts require you to create an account on the database first, then perform your search, save it, and then set up your alert.  (This is often done from the results screen or from your search history screen).  Instructions for individual database providers are given below.

To set up alerts in EBSCO databases:

To set up alerts in PubMed: 

To set up alerts in Web of Science:

To set up alerts in ProQuest:

To set up alrts in SciFinder Scholar:

  • Keep Me Posted Alerts
  • Note: certain searches and limiters may not be used in a Keep Me Posted alert.  See link for details.

To set up alerts in Google Scholar:

To set up alerts in the UT Library Catalog:

 

Journal Table of Contents Alerts

Table of Contents alerts allow you to be notified when a new issue of a particular magazine or journal publication comes out.  An e-mail message will be sent or a new entries will appear in your RSS feed.  Many Table of Contents alerts require you to create an account on the database first, then go to the specific journal title and then set up your alert.  (This is often done from a Publication search).  Instructions for individual database providers are given below.

To set up alerts in EBSCO databases:

To set up alerts in PubMed: 

To set up alerts in Web of Science:

  • To set up a Table of Contents alert for a journal in Web of Knowledge, you must first search or browse for the name of the publication and then create alerts as described below.
  • Saving Search Histories and Creating (E-mail) Alerts
  • Note: creating alerts is not possible in the 'All Databases' search, but it is possible from the separate databases
  • Note: No RSS available

To set up alerts in ProQuest:

To set up alerts in JournalTOCs:

  • JournalTOCs is a service to bring the Table of Contents RSS feeds from thousands of journals into one place.  You can manage your journals list on the site, or use an RSS reader to subscribe, or even export your whole list to import into your RSS reader.
  • You can also browse journals by Publisher or by general Subjects
 

Citation Alerts

Citation alerts will notify you when a particular article appears in the bibliography, references, or works cited page in another work.  This is useful to find new articles that cite an article of interest, or that cite your own articles if you are an author.  Most citation alerts require you to create an account on the database first, locate the article of interest, and then set up your alert.  (This is often done from the articles screen that shows the abstract).  Instructions for individual database providers are given below.

Citation Alerts from the Web of Science:

  1. Search for the article of interest, and click on the title to view the Full Record.
  2. Click the Create Citation Alert button in the right-hand column to go to the Citation Alert Save Confirmation page
  3. Click the Done button to create the citation alert for the current record and to return to the Full Record page.
  4. The alert is active for one year. You may renew the alert at any time. You will receive an e-mail approximately two weeks before the alert expires to remind you to renew the alert.

To set up alerts in Google Scholar:

RSS: What is it?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a standard and format used to distribute frequently updated news and other content appearing on a Web site. Subscription to an RSS feed (the content) requires a newsreader or content aggregator. A reader may be stand-alone software, a web site, or a browser plug-in, or built into some email programs. A few popular newsreaders are listed at the bottom of this box.

To set up an RSS feed, look for the RSS symbol symbol on a publisher's journal web site or other web pages, or others icons such as these:

RSS icons

Image retrieved from: Lennartz, S. (2007). RSS: best design practices and icons. Smashing Magazine. http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/02/rss-best-design-practices-and-icons/

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