Alerts are an easy way for you to keep up with new articles in your research area without you having to remember to go search for them every once in awhile. You don't even have to remember your search statement to be able to recreate it.
Alerts can be set up:
For a journal that is critical for your research, so you get notice when new issues or articles are released
In a Database or Index, to tell you when articles appear in using your search parameters. In essence, you can save a search and the database will routinely check to see if anything new pops up using that same search, then send you an Alert if it does
Most databases have some form of Alert system. Keep in mind it might be called "Keep Me Posted" or KMP. It may also utilize an RSS feed. Below you will find some examples describing how to set up Alerts Albertsons Library's databases.
RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication", which are free content feeds from websites.
RSS Feeds are very similar to Alerts, but rather than sending you an email with updates on what's new, RSS feeds require you to have an RSS Reader app like Feed Reader, Feeder, NewsBlur, or Inoreader. If you don't want your email junked up with numerous Alert messages, or you're not in the habit of checking your email regularly, RSS Feeds and a Reader app might be for you.
You can set up RSS feed for your favorite American Chemical Society publications:
Setting up a Search Alert or RSS Feed
Once you have completed a well targeted search, You can save the search and receive updates when new articles appear, or create an RSS feed to see new articles. From the search results page:
Find the Follow Results option in the upper right of the screen, just under the menu icon (3 horizontal bars).
By clicking the plus (+) sign you can save your search and create an eAlert to get updates
By right clicking on the RSS icon () and copying the link, you can set up an RSS feed to see new search results.
Setting up an RSS Journal Feed
When you are logged into ACS Publications, to the right of the search box click on the Menu icon (3 horizontal lines)
Under User Resources, select RSS & Mobile
Right click on the journal you want to follow, and copy the link into your RSS Reader
Once you have a completed a substance or reference search and have a set of results, you can tell SciFinder to Keep Me Posted (KMP). SciFinder will periodically rerun your search then send you an email if it finds new articles.
To set up a KMP Alert use the "Save and Alert" button in the right of the top navigation bar
You will receive a SciFinder-n Alert Results for References email automatically to notify you via email when new records on your topic become available.
Within Science Direct, you will need to be Registered using your Boise State email address and logged in before you can set up an Alert or an RSS Feed for a Journal or for a database search.
Setting up a JOURNAL Alert / RSS Feed:
Once you have searched for and found your Journal, Click on the Articles & Issues tab:
In the menu that drops down, look for links to:
Set up an Alert - Automatically sets up an Alert to be emailed to you when new content is published in the Journal. The link changes to "Edit My Alert" if you already have an alert set up
RSS - Gives you a link to copy into an RSS Reader so you receive regular feeds of content.
Setting up a SEARCH Alert:
Once you have done a search in Science Direct that is well targeted for your research topic, look in the left navigation bar. Right under the number of records retrieved by your search you'll see a link with a bell icon labeled "Set Search Alert"
Give your Alert a descriptive name that will clue you in to the nature of the new articles when you see the Alert. Select the frequency of the Alert (weekly or monthly) than click Save.
PubMed will require you to log into a secondary account (ORCID, Google, Microsoft, etc.) before you can set up Alerts or an RSS feed.
Once you have done a search in PubMed and have the results list on the screen, you will see buttons to "Create Alert" and "Create RSS" right under your search box.
To set up an Alert
To set up an RSS Feed
Click the Create RSS button
Your RSS feed will automatically be named for your search unless you give it a different name
Click the Create RSS button
Click the Copy button to copy the link, then put it into your RSS Feed Reader
Once you have found results for a well targeted Google Scholar search, you can set up an Alert so every time new content is added in your research area, you receive an email notice.
From the search results page, scroll down to the bottom of the left navigation bar
Click the Create an Alert link
To make sure the Alert will be going to the correct email address, Click the Change Email tab and enter your preferred email address.
The name of the email Alert sent to you will automatically be your search statement. Click in the box and edit if you'd like the Alert to be called something else
You have the option of checking a box so Google Scholar will include additional less relevant results, i.e. materials that Google Scholar found that are close but missing some of one or more of your search parameters. This has the potential to increase your Alerts, and include more extraneous results that you may not want.