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New Journal and Book Alerts (Notifications)

Tips for using emailed alerts, table of contents services, and RSS feeds to keep up with what's being written in a discipline.

Google Scholar email alerts

Google Scholar facilitates searching of scholarly journals and books across disciplines.  Google does not publish a title list, so we are not sure of what's covered, but if you craft a precise search you are likely to find many relevant results.

Google Scholar allows you to set up alerts for new results matching your search.  Alerts come out several times per week.  To set up an alert:

  • Refine your search until it brings back results you like.  (You can search for keywords, items citing a known item, items by a specific author, etc.).
  • Click the envelope icon at the top of the screen
  • Set your preference for whether you want to receive up to 10 or 20 alerts per message, and specify the email address to receive the alerts.
  • You will receive an email to confirm that you want to set the alert.

Detailed information on Scholar Alerts is available in Google Scholar Help

Google alerts - from off campus

If you receive your Google 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 for the item of interest.  This link will try to bring you to the article itself.

Step 3:  In some cases, the article may be freely available to all and will open up.  In other cases, you will be notified that you don't have access.

Step 4: The proxy server bookmarklet will help you access articles from the publisher's website if that is the means by which we subscribe.  To try, click the bookmarklet in your bookmarks toolbar.  This will re-write the link and prompt you to log in.  You will then be brought to the article.

Step 5: If this does not work, you may still be able to access the article via U-M.  Copy the citation information into the MGet It and follow the screens.