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Research Support


Keeping Current

Creating Alerts

Many databases and journals provide automated current awareness services. Get new article citations and Tables of Contents emailed as they come out, to keep up with the latest research in your field.

Database Search Alerts and Tables of Contents

My Research     My Alerts     My Tools

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.

Catalog Alerts

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
  • Podcasts

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:rss  and sometimes it looks like this: xml icon )  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.

To learn more about what RefAware can do for you, view a brochure and video demonstration.

Google Alerts


Google Alerts

You can keep up with news and blogs from around the web by setting up a GoogleAlert. You specify the news topic that interests you and the frequency of e-mail updates to receive.