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Keeping Alert - Tracking New Articles and Books in your field

A 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.

Web of Science Alerts - from off campus

If you receive your Web of Science 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: Click the link to the article.

Step 2: The system will recognize that you are off campus, and will provide several options.  Select the Registered Users option: Registered Users - If you have previously registered with Web of Knowledge, then you may be able to access it now by signing in with your Web of Knowledge username and password.

Step 3: Sign in using the username and password you used to sign up for the alerts.  As long as your browser remembers that you are logged in, you should be able to access multiple articles from that alerting email, or search Web of Science as if you were on campus.

Web of Science Alerts

Current Contents Connect is a database within the Web of Science family.  It offers access to the tables of contents (with abstracts and citation links) for journals in all disciplines.  CCC is updated on a daily basis.

Sign up for alerts based on journal title, a keyword search, or an author name or author affilation ("Address" field).  You will receive an email with links to new content matching your search at your desired frequency (daily, weekly, or monthly.

To sign up for alerts, you must create an account on Web of Knowledge.  This will allow you to save searches, set up alerts, and more.

Step 1: Sign in to Web of Knowledge from link above.  If necessary, click Select a Database and choose Current Contents Connect.

Step 2: Run your search, making any modifications you wish to your search terms and refining your results set.

Step 3: Click Create Alert near the top left corner of the screen, beneath the total number of search results.

Step 4: A dialog box (similar to this one) will pop up.  Name the search and set your preferences for the format and frequency of the alert. Remember to check the box indicating that you want to receive emails!  

Step 5: Click the Save button at the bottom of the screen.  Your alerts will begin to arrive shortly.

Getting alerts when an article is cited

You may wish to be alerted when a specific article (or author) is cited. 

Step 1: Sign in to Web of Science.  Click Cited Reference Search

Step 2: Fill in the form with the author's name plus the year and the journal title; do not specify page or volume numbers, as the citing articles sometimes make mistakes with those items.

Step 3: Click Search History near the top of the screen.  Follow the steps listed above (from Step 3 on) to set up your alert.  In Web of Science, your freqency options will be Weekly and Monthly.