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A guide to resources of interest to researchers at the University of New England, Australia.
Last Updated: Aug 22, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is an alert service?

Many journal databases and book publishers offer free alert services. They are an effective means of tracking the latest research in your field, or for specific research topics.

Types of alerts: 

1. Table of Contents (TOC) alerts - provides table of contents of newly published journal issues

2. Author citation alerts - you are notified when a paper published by the selected author is cited in another document

3. Document citation alerts - you are notified when a newly loaded document cites the selected document

4. Search alerts - lets you know when a book or article that matches your search terms is published

Alerts are typically delivered to you by email or RSS feeds periodically (daily, weekly, monthly) 

Databases that provide alerts

To create an alert register (or create an account) with one of the journal databases, below:

Book publisher alerts

Many publishers and book distributers offer alert service to readers too - a useful way to track the latest monograph literature in your field!

Creating alerts in Scopus

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Creating alerts in Web of Science

Video on how to save your search history, set up a search alert, and modify or renew settings on saved searches/alerts in Web of Science (10 Jan 2017) Dur: 4:10


RSS feeds

Many academic publishers now send out alerts via RSS or Web feeds. RSS is a popular alternative to email alerts. To get started you need a RSS reader, feed reader, or feed aggregator which will check RSS-enabled sites and download the latest content.

Although specialised RSS aggregators exist, many popular email (e.g. Outlook) and browser packages (Explorer/Firefox) can be used as feed readers.

To sign up to your favourite journal, check the journal site for one of the common RSS icons.


Video: How do RSS feeds work?

A simple and clear introduction to RSS Feeds from Brent Laminack (4 May, 2016). Dur: 4:48

Keeping up to date

  • The Thesis Whisperer
    A useful blog from Dr Inger Mewburn, Director of research training at ANU, on issues around researching and writing a thesis
  • EverNote
    A research management tool for note taking, organising, and archiving information. Allows you to create a "note" which can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten document, to which you can add file attachments
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