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Keeping up-to-date with your research: Alerts/ RSS Feeds

Journal alerting services can help you to keep up with what is new in your area of interest. Once an Alert is set up, an email is sent to you advising of new journal articles that have been published which match your profile.

What is an email alert?

Many databases and journal publishers provide a service designed to keep you up to date with current literature published in your field. The service requires you to register your search profile. Whenever an article is published that matches your profile, an alert notification email is sent to you. 

Your search profile could include:

  • Table of Contents (TOC) for selected journals
  • Keywords
  • Authors
  • Combination of the above

Some databases allow you to save your search strategy/statement and the database will perform your search whenever the database receives new articles. The records of the new articles that match your search are then emailed to you.

Should I set up alerts in a database or on a publisher's website?

Email alerts can be set up in many of the Library's databases and on most journal publisher's websites. When choosing where to register your profile remember a database generally covers a wide range of journals from many different publishers, and a publisher's web site may only cover journals produced by one publisher.  Some of the databases and publishers, which provide alert services, are listed below.

How do I set up an alert?

On a database?

Library database Go to...
Web of Knowledge* Select My Citation Alerts
You will need to register
Scopus* Select Alterts
You will need to register
Wiley InterScience Journals Perform a search
Select Save Search
EBSCOhost *  
(use for CINAHL, ERIC, PsycINFO, etc.)
Select Sign In to My EBSCOhost
You will need to register

* Requires personal information

To access these databases, go to the CDU Databases and Websites page and select the first letter of the name of the database.

On a publisher's web site

Publishers* Go to...
American Chemical Society
American Mathematical Society
CCH Online
Oxford Journals

RSS Feeds

RSS (Really Simple Syndication, or Rich Site Summary) is a way of channelling web content without having to visit each web page regularly. RSS readers such as Google Reader and Bloglines allow you to display the content from pages of interest.

For more information see Citation Tracking.

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