Keeping Current

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Need help navigating through the mountains of scientific articles published each week?
Using the features from the Technical Library’s subscription materials can provide you with several options for keeping
up to date with publications in your field.

 

Table of Contents (TOC) Alerts

Many publishers have the option to have the table of contents of the latest issues of their journals sent to you via email. Each publisher will have a unique way to set up TOC alerts. Below are steps for three common publishers:

American Chemical Society Journals.

  • Register for a user account here
  • If you already have an account, go to Alerts, and click the LOG IN button.
  • Select the journals of interest, frequency and e-mail format, and then click Save Preferences. Your TOC alert for selected journals will be added to your account.

American Institute of Physics Journals

  • Register for a user account here
  • If you already have an account, sign in using the link on the right of the screen.
  • Select a journal of interest, and then select Subscribe to emails link -> TOC alerts on the right of the screen.  Your TOC alert for that journal will be added to your account.

 

ScienceDirect

  • Register for a user account here.
  • If you already have an account, Sign in using the link at the top of the screen.
  • Select a journal of interest, and then select the  Subscribe to new article alerts link on the left of the screen.
  • Select the Alert Type and Frequency, and then click Save. Your TOC alert for that journal will be added to your account.
 

Search Alerts

Publishers also provide options for saving a search string. This search will run weekly or monthly and send you an email with your search results in them. Each publisher will have a unique way to set up search alerts. Below are steps for three common publishers.

American Chemical Society Journals.

  • Register for a user account here
  • If you already have an account, go to e-Alerts, and click the LOG IN button.
  • Perform a search using the yellow search box at the top of the screen.
  • Scroll to the Save This Search box on the left of the screen.
  • Name the search, click the Save button, select Frequency of E-mail Alert, and then click Finalize. Your search string alert will be sent to you via email.

American Institute of Physics Journals

  • Register for a user account here
  • If you already have an account, sign in using the link on the right of the screen.
  • Use the search box at the top right of the screen to enter search terms.
  • Select the Create Search Alert link. An email alert for your search will be saved.

ScienceDirect

  • Register for a user account here.
  • If you already have an account, Sign in using the link at the top of the screen.
  • Enter your search string in the search box towards the top left of the screen.
  • Click the link for Save as search alert.
  • Name your alert, set the frequency, and then click Save Alert. Your search string alert will be sent to you via email.

 

Databases 

Most databases provide options to set up search alerts.

Engineering Village 2 (EV2)

  • Register for a user account here.
  • If you already have an account, click the Login link at the top right of the page.
  • Enter your search string and click Search.
  • Select the Create Alert link at the top left of the screen.  Your search string alert will be sent to you via email.

Primo

  • Register for a user account here.
  • Enter your search string and click Search.
  • Click the Save Query link on the left of the screen.
  • Name your query, select Save & Alert and then click the Save button. Your search string alert will be sent to you via email.

SciFinder

  • Create a KMP alert

  • View KMP results

  • Set email notification of KMP results

  • Tutorial: Create a Keep Me Posted Alert (10 min.)

  • Web of Science (WoS)

    Search Alerts

    • Click Sign In -> Register to register for an account. Or use the link to sign if you already have an account.
    • Enter your search string and click Search.
    • Click the Search History link at the top right of the screen.
    • Click the Save History button.
    • Name the search history, select type, format and frequency of alert and then click Save. Your search string alert will be sent to you via email.
    • NOTE:  WoS does not allow search alerts in the All Databases mode. Select Web of Science Core Collection from the main search page to set up alerts.

    Citation Alerts

    Another way to stay on top of what is happening in your field is to set up an alert when an article of interest is cited.  

    • Click Sign In -> Register to register for an account. Or use the link to sign if you already have an account.
    • Find the article of interest.
    • Go to the abstract view. On the right, click the Create Citation Alert button. You will receive an email with references any time the article of interest is cited.

    RSS Feeds

    You can set up an RSS feed to view your table of contents alerts and search alerts in one place, at one time.  Look for the orange symbol:  or the phrase RSS Feed to set up an RSS feed.

    RSS Readers

    In order to view your results via an RSS feed, you will need to subscribe to an RSS reader. Below are links to several readers:

    You can also subscribe to an RSS feed in SharePoint.

    Social Media

    Several publishers have Twitter feeds, LinkedIn or Facebook pages or, where you can follow the “buzz” on what is happening in that research community. Just be careful that you are following the official site/feed for the publisher.

    Examples:

    Facebook Pages:

    American Chemical Society

    Elsevier

    Web of Science

    LinkedIn Pages:

    American Chemical Society

    American Institute of Physics

    Elsevier

    Thomson-Reuters

    Twitter Feeds:

    American Chemical Society

    Elsevier

    ExLibris

    ScienceDirect

    Thomson-Reuters

    Web of Science

    Feeling overwhelmed? Contact a Research Librarian from the Technical Library to help you get started.
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