Database Search Alerts and Tables of Contents
You can set up search alerts or individual journal table of contents alerts in many databases from providers like Proquest, Elsevier and Web of Science. Look for buttons like those above. You will need to set up an account and log-in, but you can leverage your search time to continue receiving relevant articles and tables of contents from your favorite journals.
Your Subject Librarian can help you set these up in the databases and journals you choose.
You can set up alerts in the Catalog to receive an e-mail when new material is added that might be of interest to you. To do this:
- Sign in to your Catalog My Account.
- Type in keywords for your search.
- Click on search.
- Scroll down to the bottom left corner of the screen and click on Save this search.
- Check off Save & Alert.
- Name your query and specify whether you want to receive e-mail notification even if there are no new results.
- Click on Save.
Keep Current with RSS Feeds
RSS feeds are another handy way to keep current with a variety of types of information, including
- Saved searches in databases
- Tables of contents
You subscribe to RSS feeds through an RSS reader (or aggregator). This brings all your content together in one convenient place, where you can check in at any time and see only the freshest headlines; then click on them to get to the full text (as available). Feedly is one popular choice for feed readers, but there are many others available.
Once you have your reader, you can visit the sites of your frequently read journals and look for the RSS icon (sometimes it looks like this: and sometimes it looks like this: ) Right click on it, and copy the URL, then follow your feed reader's instructions to add the feed. Most readers have nice organization features which let you make categories, tag articles to read later, email and share articles.
RefAware is a multidisciplinary research alerting service designed to provide immediate access to new publications in a field of interest. The RefAware searches both peer-reviewed and non-reviewed sources for the newest publications available. You can set up your own personal research alert in RefAware.