What is an Alert?
Most publishers and e-resource providers provide alerting services to help keep their customers informed in their chosen area.
An alerting service is a service that delivers table of contents and/or daily and/or weekly digests of journals to your email box.
The service is not only designed for the serious researchers but also those who may be leisure users of information.
How do I receive an Alert?
An alerts can be sent via email or RSS feed.
It is a free service....
Most of these services require you to register with the database provider(s) and to create a user name and password to login .
Types of Alerts
Search Terms Alert- customiazble and built from your own keyword search
Journal Title - You can select a specific journal you wish to follow. You will receive the table of content (TOC) from the latest issue.
Citation Alert - Whenever the selected citation is use in a selected database you will receive a notice from that database of future articles referencing that citation.
Advantages of Alerts
It is a free service
It is a comprehensive coverage of your topic
Lets you know instantly when something new is available