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Keeping Up to Date with New Research Literature

Set up alerts to keep up-to-date with new and in-press publications in your field of research, especially after designing a robust search strategy and carrying out a thorough literature search.

There are different kinds of alerts which you can elect to receive.  

  • Saved Search alerts will save your search strategy and set it to run on a regular basis  – alerting you to any new publications that match your search terms
  • Table of Contents (TOC) alerts will track new articles in key journals – alerting you to new articles before the entire issue is published.
  • Cited Articles alerts will track when a key article is getting new citations – alerting you to different analysis or use of an existing article.
  • Author alerts will let you know when an author you are interested in writes a new article – alerting you to any new publications.

How to Set Up and Receive Alerts

You can receive alerts in a number of ways, usually either as an email or through an RSS feed.  You will be able to set the regularity of the notifications and amend this if you wish.

Setting up alerts in article databases is very effective. You may need to create an account with each article database that you wish to monitor; these accounts are personal to you and are not related to your Massey affiliation or network login.

Each database provider handles alerts differently, so spend some time consulting the database’s help pages to find out which alerts are available and how to set them up.

These article databases support alerts well:

Most journal publishers’ websites allow you to set up TOC Alerts for specific journals by letting them know your email address, although you may need to register with the publisher as well.

JournalTOCs is a free service that provides TOCs for nearly 30,000, journals across a broad range of disciplines and publishers.

Get alerts for new book and ebook purchases at Massey Library by subscribing to the RSS feeds on our New Titles page.