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Canvas Integration: Journal and Search Alerts

Trying to Keep Up? Try Search and Journal Alerts!

What are alerting services?

Many databases allow users to register for regular alerts to help them keep up to date on a topic. There are several different types:

  • Search Alerts - runs a saved search across the database on a regular basis, sending results via email or displaying to a user online
  • Journal Alerts – provides a list of articles from forthcoming issues of a particular journal
  • Citation Alerts – generates alerts whenever a nominated article or author is cited by another author
  • RSS Feed Alerts – news service for databases, blogs and journals, sends updates to RSS Reader software

Why set up alerting services?

  • To keep up-to-date with the latest research
  • To identify new areas of research
  • To save you time as you will automatically be notified whenever new information matching your chosen field of study is published

Learn to Create EbscoHost Search Alerts!

Who Offers Alerting Services?

Who offers alerting services?

Subscription Library Databases - 

Many of the HCC Library system's databases offer various alerting services. Some of these are:

  • EBSCOHost - detailed information about their email alerts and rss alerts may be found in this guide
  • Gale databases - offer both email and rss alerts. The details are found here
  • JSTOR - you can set-up Table-of-Contents alerts for individual journals. Find out more here.
  • NexisUni - this rich resource of news, legal, and business materials offers the highly-customixable alert possibilities described here
  • ProQuest - this database family offers both search and publication alerts. They are described here.
  • SIRS Knowledge Source - offers a helpful list of RSS alerts by topic.
  • SpringerLink - this valuable collection offers email and RSS search and publication alerts. Read more here.

Others -

  • Google Scholar - this free database of scholarly publications allows search, citation, and new publications by author alerts. Find out how here.
  • Pubmed - comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Alert instructions are here.

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