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This LibGuide introduces search alerts, which are a feature in many of the library's databases. This is not a comprehensive guide to setting search alerts in all of the library's databases, but a place to become familair with the option and see examples of how to set them up in a few of the library's more popular databases.

Most library databases have an option to create custom search alerts, but the way to create search alerts differ depending on the database vendor. Each tab will discuss a different database's method for setting up search alerts.

Basic Information

A search alert (also known as an auto-alert) is a typical feature in library databases that allows you to do a search once and then be notified whenever a new journal article that meets your search criteria is added to the database.

So the database can be set to notify to you automatically whenever an article that may you want to read becomes available!

Most databases and search engines will require that you set up a personal user account in order to use Search Alerts. If that is necessary, there will be instructions for how to do that on the database page.

Search alerts are typically available via email or through an RSS feed. This guide will show how to subscribe to RSS search alert feeds, but does not cover general information about RSS or RSS aggregators. For this type of information see What is RSS? 


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