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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.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

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 UM.  Copy the citation information into the MGetIt Citation Linker and follow the screens.

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 Email Alerts (without a Google account)

Google allows you to set up a search alert, without having a Google account.  Google will send you an email when there are new results for your Google search terms. Google sends you alerts for new content in the areas of news, web sites, and blogs. Choose the type Everything if you'd like an alert that aggregates the latest Google results from multiple sources (News, Web and Blogs) into a single email to provide the broadest coverage of your topic.

Additional details about Google alerts can be found at the Google Alerts Getting Started Guide. Note: If you have a Google Account, you'll be able to easily manage multiple search alerts.