Email Alerts

It is sometimes possible to setup an email reminder so that you get sent an email when some new information is available in a database, journal etc.

Citation alerts notify of new citations to a particular article or author.
Many databases offer a citation alert service and you may be able to receive alerts via email or using RSS depending on your personal preference and the database that you are using.

There will usually be a link within the article abstract. You will need to refer to the help pages of the individual database to see what is possible and how to set it up.

Bear in mind that any new citations depend on the database that you are using and it is unlikely that all citations will be tracked by setting up an alert in only one database.

Journal content alerts tell you when a new issue of a journal is published and will link to the Table of Contents (TOC) for the issue. Many journal publishers provide an email alerting service and if this is available you will see a link on the journal homepage. You may be able to set up alerts via email alert or using RSS depending on your personal preference and the database that you are using.

As well as individual journal alerts there are services which allow you to subscribe to a selection of journals:

ZetocZetoc (external link) provides access to the British Library’s Electronic Table of Contents. The service covers 28,000 journals, 45 million article citations and 16,000 conference proceedings published each year. The database covers the period from 1993 to present.

JournalTOCsJournalTOCs (external link) is the biggest searchable collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs). It contains articles’ metadata of TOCs for over 19,095 journals directly collected from over 1073 publishers

Once set up your Alert using once of these services it will send you details of the table of contents from journals and details of articles that match your search.

Saving searches is a convenient way of retaining your search criteria for reusing at a later time. Some of our databases let you save your search so you can retrieve it and run it again at a later date and some will automatically run your saved search and send you notification of new articles matching your criteria. You may be able to set up alerts via email alert or using RSS depending on your personal preference and the database that you are using.

Information about saving searches in FINDit is available in the Guide to FINDit.