Alerts: Keeping Current in Your Discipline: Journal and News Alerts
Depending on the resource, news updates are usually available via RSS feed, blog, email alerts, twitter, and/or Facebook. Almost all major newspapers and television networks offer news updates. Locate their website and look for information on alerts or RSS.
In general, there are 2 ways to locate instructions for other database or journal alert services:
- Within a Database: Log into whichever database/journal is of interest to you - e.g., Physical Education Index or the Journal of Irreproducible Results. Once the database or journal page has loaded, look for a HELP or INFO button. Instructions for saved search or alert services are usually provided as part of the help screens; however, keep in mind that these services are not available for all databases.
- Within the Journal's or Newspaper's Homepage: Go to the publisher's homepage (a search of the journal name on Google should quickly identify their location). Look for a link labeled Alerts, Journals or Electronic Journals. Once you get to the main page, look for links labeled Alerts or My Account and follow directions for setting up these services with that particular publisher. Most publishers will provide alerts free to anyone, even if the library does not have a subscription to the journal. It usually requires a registration process because they will need to have your email address and preferences on file.
Alerts using Usearch
Using Usearch: You are able to keep current with new library acquisitions (books, journal articles, digital resources) by setting up alerts in the new University Library Catalog. Log into My Account on the advanced search page. You can set a query to become an alert, that is, to run automatically. You will receive an email notification once new items answering your search criteria are identified. Once you do a search, you are able to save the query by clicking on the Save Query at the bottom of the column on the right. This process may also be used for receiving Table of Contents alerts.