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Research Alerts - Keeping current on research  

This guide is intended to help researchers set up email and RSS alerts to receive updates on research publications in their fields of interest.
Last Updated: Aug 4, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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What are alerts

Research alerts can be set up so that you receive information on new research being done. You can set up alerts in library databases and other online sites. Alerts can be set up based on search criteria or you can receive an alert when a new issue of a specific journal is published. Alerts generally come as emails or as posts on RSS feeds.

You can also set up alerts for books and other materials. Use this LibGuide to help you stay current with research in your field.

Don't know about RSS feeds? Then refer to our guide on RSS and Podcasts for more information.


Types of alerts

There are two basic types of alerts:

  • Saved search alerts - Set up a search in a library database and receive alerts of new materials within the search parameters.
  • Journal TOc alerts - Receive an alert containing the table of contents for the new issue of a specific journal.

Alert formats

Alerts can be received in two formats: email or RSS feed. Please see the guide on RSS and Podcasts for more information on using RSS feeds.


New publications

Alerts are generally set up for journal articles. However, you can also set up alerts for new books in the library catalog, new materials in RooSearch, and new books that are published in your field. Check out the tab on new publications for more information.

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