Answered By: Andrew Willan
Last Updated: May 15, 2019     Views: 16

If you wish to be notified about new journal articles or additions to websites in your field of interest you can often set up alerts. Choose the appropriate alert systems depending on what type of information you wish to be notified about.

Journal Contents alerts

For updates on new journal content:

Web page alerts

Look for an RSS icon  or similar eg, XML or Subscribe, to see whether a website or database has activated alerts settings.

Saved Searches alerts

Once you have carried out a search for journal articles in DISCOVER and Google Scholar you can save the search and be alerted when articles are added which meet the search criteria. This avoids having to search again in individual databases. Major academic databases and eJournal collections such as ProQuest, Science Direct, Wiley Online Library, Springer Link etc. also enable you to set up and activate alerts. You may be required to register and login before receiving alerts.

Citation alerts

For journal article or author alerts:

Citation databases such as Scopus and Web of Science enable you to set up alerts when someone cites a specific journal article or author.

For website alerts:

Both TOCs and Zetoc offer advice for web based publishers wishing to receive alerts when their web site/publication is cited.

For Google Scholar you can add web based publications a number of ways eg. through indexing in an open research repository or journal index - such as DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

Individual users could then log into one of the above platforms and add the website to their alert preferences.

Alternatively, basic URL alerting, or RSS could be used to set up alerts.

If you require further information or assistance please contact your Liaison Librarian.


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