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Keeping Alert - Tracking New Articles and Books in your field

Guide to using emailed alerts, table of contents services, and RSS feeds to keep up with what's being written in your area of interest.

EBSCO alerts - from off campus

If you receive your EBSCO alerting email when you are on a computer that's off campus, you need to take an extra step to make the links work.

Step 1: Install the proxy server bookmarklet into your web browser.

Step 2: Click the link that comes with your EBSCO email alert.

Step 3: Click the bookmarklet in your bookmarks toolbar.  This will re-write the link, and should prompt you to log in and then bring you to the EBSCO record.

Step 4: Click the MGetIt! link in the EBSCO record to retrieve the full text of the item.  This should work immediately.

EBSCO Email Alerts

Another database vendor that provides saved search alerts is EBSCO.  To create a saved search alert in an EBSCO database, locate the database of interest via the library's website, by searching for its title in the gold search box or by browsing or searching Search Tools.  (You can browse the entire list of EBSCO databases here.) 

At the EBSCO search screen, run a search for your topic.  When you have some search results that are just what you're looking for, click on the Share link near the top of your results list.

In the pop-up box that appears, select E-mail Alert to enable email delivery.

You will be prompted to sign into EBSCO to complete the alert.  Click Sign in, then either sign in or click on the Create a new Account link and complete the new account form.  Once you have signed in, you will be prompted to set up your alert.  Fill in the form with your preferences and click Save Alert.

You'll receive citation lists on a regular basis, depending upon the options you selected on the alert form.  Note: it's important that you check your Junk or Spam email box/folder for misdirected messages from EPAlerts.

You can also select searches that you have conducted during a search session as alerts.  Click on the Search History link above your search results list to view your searches during the current session.  Put a check mark next to one of the searches, and then click on the Saved Searches/Alerts link above your search history.

EBSCO Search History/Alerts

You'll be prompted to log into your EBSCO account. Again, at the Saved Search/Alert screen, complete the form, selecting the Alert option to receive email alerts regarding your search terms.