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Alert Services

Alert services allow you to save a database search and automatically run the search at designated time intervals. The search results are sent to your email address, helping you stay up-to-date with new publications in your field. Depending on the service, the email may contain a list of citations, links to full-text articles, or the table of contents for a particular journal. Saved Search Alerts and Table of Contents (TOC) Alerts are two ways of staying current without having to regularly access databases. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to establish alerts for various resources.

Saved Search Alerts are initiated from a database. Generally the database will save one or more search strings and automatically perform the search on a weekly or monthly basis. The results of the automatic search are sent via email and contain the citations for articles that have been published on your topic since the last alert.

Table of Contents Alerts are often initiated from the publisher. When a new issue of the journal is published you will be notified by an email that contains the Table of Contents for the new journal issue.

When using alert emails from off campus, you may want to use the proxy redirect bookmarklet and/or proxy URL converter.

If you are unsure how to find the full-text article from the citation please call the Help Desk for help ((970) 491-1841).