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Last Updated: Jan 16, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Introduction to this Guide

This LibGuide introduces the concept of search alerts which is a feature in many of the library's databases. This is not designed to be a comprehensive guide of all the library's databases, but rather a place to become familair with the option and how to set them up in some 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.


What's a Search Alert?

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

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


About RSS

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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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