Staying up to date with new research is important. It ensures that you are aware of new trends and developments in your field and any research carried out that may have implications for your research.
However, it's not always practical to spend a lot of time searching for literature after your initial literature review is substantially drafted. This page will show you how to set and receive RSS or email alerts based on your literature searches.
You are able to set alerts and feeds when:
Many database platforms allow you to set alerts whenever something new matching your search criteria emerges if you have registered with their service. So before you start, you may need to register with your favourite database and to learn to construct a literature search.
Not all database platforms let you create alerts, so check that you are able to before creating an account.
Different platforms do things a little bit differently, but most have a fair bit in common when it comes to setting up search alerts.
Typically, to set up an alert you’ll need to:
From the results list of your literature search:
|Web of Science||Click Search History > Save History/ Create Alert||Instructions|
|Scopus||Click Set Alert||Tutorial|
|EBSCOhost||Select Share > E-mail Alert||Instructions|
|Informit||Click SET EMAIL ALERT FOR THIS SEARCH||Instructions|
|PubMed||Click Save search, then accept receiving e-mail updates||Instructions|
|Click Save as search alert||Instructions, Tutorial|
|Google Scholar||Click Create alert on the left hand-side column||Instructions|
A citation alert notifies you whenever an article has been cited by a document that has been newly added to the platform.
You can receive alerts every time an article is cited in Web of Science, Scopus or Google Scholar by setting up citation alerts. You will need to be signed into Web of Science and Scopus to set citation alerts.
|Web of Science||Access Full Record of the article, select Create Citation Alert, select Done||Instructions|
|Scopus||Access Full Record of the article, select Set Citation Alert, fill in the required details, select Save||Instructions, Tutorial|
|Google Scholar||Search for the title of the article, select Cited By, Select Create Alert, enter email address, select Create Alert||Instructions|
You can use Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scopus and Deakin Research Online to alert you whenever an author publishes something new. Scopus and Google Scholar can be used to alert you whenever an author is cited. To receive author alerts, you will need to be signed into Web of Science and Scopus.
You are able to set alerts for whenever new publications from a particular author are harvested by Google Scholar. This process is easier and the results more accurate if the author has a Google Scholar profile.
There are two ways that you will be able to identify if an author has a Google Scholar profile:
1) Search the name of the author in Google Scholar (last name, first name or initial), e.g. 'Sinth, J.' If the author has a profile a link to the profile will be displayed at the top of the page.
2) In the results list of any search an author whose name is underlined has a Google Scholar profile.
If the author has a Scholar profile:
If the author doesn't have a Scholar profile:
Instructions produced by Google.
N.B. You cannot receive author citation alerts using Google Scholar if an author has not created a Google Scholar profile.
Instructions produced by Google.
You can receive an RSS feed whenever a Deakin author's new publication is recorded in DRO:
The following platforms allow you to create alerts when a new book or new journal issue is added to their database. Typically, to set up an alert you’ll need to register and sign into the database or platform you wish to receive alerts from.
JournalTOCs is a free collection of scholarly journal tables of content. It is possible to create alerts which will inform you of the publication of a new issue of a journal. Please see JournalTOC's help page for assistance with using the product.
Many journals allow you to set an alert if they publish a new issue. Different journals do things a little bit differently. Look on the journal's home page for terms like 'email alerts,' 'notifications' or an RSS feed icon
Please see instructions for setting up an alert for the journal Nature as an example.
You can set up Journal Issue Alerts via the My Alerts option and select your favourite ScienceDirect (licensing and resource information) journals. ScienceDirect will then send you an email contents list when a new issue of the journal is added to the database. Please refer to the ScienceDirect tutorial for further details.
You can create journal alerts using EBSCOhost platforms, which include the Library Search, Medline Complete (licensing and resource information) and Academic Search Complete (licensing and resource information) amongst others. Please see EBSCOhost's How to use Journal Alerts for details on setting up a journal alert using an EBSCOhost platform.
Browzine is an online service which notifies you when recent issues of scholarly journals become available. A free Browzine app is available for iPad, iPhone or Android devices. Browzine can also be accessed through web browsers on laptop or desktop computers or Windows tablets. (There is currently no app for Windows tablets.)
Using Browzine you can:
When signing in to Browzine, make sure to choose “Deakin University” from the list of libraries so you have access to the journals we subscribe to.
N.B. Not every journal available to you from the Deakin University Library is available for use in Browzine. To see a full list of journals that the library subscribes to, please see A-Z journals.
Browzine is not designed for comprehensive literature searching. Please see instructions to construct a literature search for further information.
Please see University of Capetown Library's Get Journal TOC Alerts for more information.
Library new book alert
To receive alerts when Deakin University Library acquires an electronic or print book:
You can use RSS feeds, rather than emails, to alert you to new content if the webpage or resource you are using supports them. If a page or resource supports RSS feeds, it will usually display one of the following RSS icons somewhere on the page. Here's how to set up an RSS feed in Microsoft Outlook.
For more information see: Add an RSS Feed - Outlook - Office - Microsoft
The law databases are a bit less user friendly in terms of creating alerts.
Manual set up of alerts is your last option (ie set a calendar alert for when a new issue is scheduled).
For the Gazette of Law and Journalism for example, you will have to check this manually. They don’t offer the facility to set up an RSS feed on the journal home page and are not indexed in either of the two databases.
While BrowZine is a great way to receive TOC alerts generally and does have coverage of some international journals, many law journals cannot be accessed this way. Here are the journals list indexed in Browzine in case there are relevant ones in there for you.
See more on setting up alerts with BrowZine above on this page.
If you are not on campus (and hence, outside of Deakin's IP range), you may need to work through the Deakin VPN to access the record or full text items described in email alerts. For more details on available options, see the instructions for establishing a secure (VPN) connection to Deakin using Cisco AnyConnect (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android). Alternatively, you can access the database/platform via the library A-Z Databases and search for the document described in the email.
Non-subscription products, such as PubMed, do not require VPN access.