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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.

Journal Publisher Alert Services

Many journal publishers will offer email and RSS feed alert services, allowing you to be aware of newly published issues of your favorite scholarly journals. You may also want to check for journal social media accounts to follow.

  • Go to the official publisher website for the journal
    • Consult the library's Online Journals search (or use a web search engine).
      • Note that in some cases the publisher website may differ from the library access website, as the library sometimes purchases journal access from third-party aggregator database.
        • e.g., Journal publishers include Annual Reviews, Elsevier (ScienceDirect), Springer, Sage, Wiley, etc., and various university presses, various professional societies, etc.
        • e.g., Database aggregators include EBSCO, ProQuest, JSTOR, etc.
  • Check the journal website for options to stay connected with alerts and/or social media.
    • You will probably need to create an account with the publisher.
      • Cons: This can result in the necessity of creating many different publisher accounts.
      • Pros: Publisher alerts are usually the fastest way to learn about new articles.

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