Current awareness tools allow you to set up automatic email notifications of new publications of interest to you. Each database or journal publisher has slightly different procedures and names for current awareness alerts including: "toc alerts," "preferred searches," "my searches," saved searches," "email alerts," and even "my account."
There are two main kinds of alert services:
Search alerts allow you to specify keywords or subjects in fields of interest to you. When a new record is added to the database that matches your search criteria, then the database will send an email notification to you about the new publications in your area of interest.
Many electronic resources also feature table of content or journal issue alerts. These allow you to set up automatic email notifications of new issues for specific journals.
Search and journal alerts help you to stay informed of new research in your area. Even though search alerts are fairly straightforward to set up, the steps to create your alert can vary in each database or e-journal interface. This guide provides step-by-step instructions for some of our most popular services.
Table of Contents Alerts provide e-mail alerts of the Table of Contents (TOC) for specific issues on the day the complete issue is posted on the Web, enabling you to scan the issue's entire contents at once.
You can also track topics and citations in Annual Reviews.
To set up a topic alert:
The Q & A section of the Chicago Manual site allows you to receive free monthly updates of questions and answers on Chicago style.
New users will need to click the "Register Now" link to create an account on the system.
Once you have logged in, you may choose the alert type from the left navigation menu under "My Cambridge Journals."
Ebsco allows you to set up a personal account. With your personal account, you can save search results, persistent links to searches, search strategies, search alerts, journal alerts and web pages to your personal folder.
FirstSearch does not yet send email alerts. However, in WorldCat and most other FirstSearch databases, you can create saved searches to be re-run or combined with other terms. This is a good method to check for new books on your topic.
Google Scholar does not yet have an alerting service. However, Google Alerts allow you to receive emailed search results on a topic or news item of interest to you.
Note that the Libraries do not subscribe to current issues of all the journals on HighWire. In many cases, only articles from previous years will be available to you full-text.
Highwire is actually composed of several dozen interlinked sites. Don't be confused if you conduct a general HighWire search and end up on the Science or PNAS sites.
There are several Highwire alerts options, including eTOC (table of contents) and CiteTrack.
To create an eTOC alert:
CiteTrack alerts allow you to receive notices when new articles are added to the database that match your search criteria. To add a CiteTrack alert:
Tables of Contents Alerts are available for IEEE journals. Search alerts for particular topics are not yet available.
To create a Table of Contents Alert:
Search Alerts allow you to specify keywords or other criteria to monitor.
Note: The Library Catalog will use your University of Arkansas email account (@uark.edu) for email messages. If that is not your primary email account, be sure to set up forwarding on your @uark.edu address. Forwarding instructions can be found on the Campus IT Email FAQ page.
MathSciNet does not offer an email alerts service. However, you can always browse the most recent journal issues added to the database. This feature can be accessed by clicking on the “Free Tools” link at the top right of the page, then clicking on the "Current Journals" tab. There you can choose journals that were indexed from this week, to six weeks prior.
There are two options for alerts: myADS notifications and daily arXive notifications.
Choose this option to be able to quickly re-run research on author's names, topics, preprint subject areas, or journal names. This service builds a custom page for you where your favorite searches can be re-executed whenever you log in.
Choose this option to receive daily email updates on preprints matching your specific topic areas or keywords.
(At the moment, NBER doesn’t seem to have a link to their login/register page)
Alerts can run up to 1 year but can be renewed by clicking on the link provided in the email text. You may also create alerts for Publications by conducting a Publication Search.
You can create a "My Research" account to save searches and records indefinitely.
You can save searches and receive email updates on new citations matching your search criteria in PubMed / MEDLINE and other NLM databases by creating a My NCBI (National Center for Biotechnical Information) account. To do so:
The Science.gov ALERTS feature is a service that will notify you weekly of new Science.gov information in your specific areas of interest.
ScienceDirect offers more than 1800 important journals in the pure, applied, and social sciences. The University Libraries have subscriptions to approximately 700 of these titles, but you can still search the ScienceDirect database for articles on topics of interest to you. Articles from journals not in our collections can be requested on Interlibrary Loan through ILLiad.
There are four kinds of alerting options in ScienceDirect. To use them, you must create an individual user account on ScienceDirect. After creating an account and logging in, click on the "Alerts" button on the top navigation bar. to access the following alerts options:
Ulrich's Alerts allow you to be notified of new journals or title changes of journals published broad subject areas.
You can always return to the "Ulrich's Alert Alert" page to edit or delete searches.
By registering and creating a profile on the Web of Science site, you can save searches and set up citation alerts.
This feature allows you to receive an e-mail alert when articles you select are cited by new articles added to the database. To add an article to this list (and receive an e-mail each time it is cited):
Wiley offers 2 kinds of alerts: