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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.

What are Database Alerts?

Database alerts are for when you want to know when new articles are published that:

  • match a search on a topic
    • available from most of your favorite disciplinary databases
  • cite to a favorite article or author
    • Web of Science or Google Scholar are usually best for this


Subscribing to ProQuest Alerts

ProQuest is a family of about 90 databases covering a variety of topics and disciplines.  Many of the scholarly databases are updated on a regular basis.  You can subscribe to alerts so that you will be emailed with new items matching your preferred searches.

Step 1: Go to the ProQuest main site and click "Databases (90)" at the top of the screen to browse the list of databases available. 

Step 2: Select the database(s) of interest.

Step 3: Go to Advanced Search and create a search that brings back the desired results.

Step 4: Click Save Search/Alert near the top of the screen, then Create Alert from the drop-down list.

Step 5: A form will pop up; Steps 1 and 2 ask you to give a title to the email alert, for your email address and allow you to change the subject of the email alert or to add a message.

Step 6: Scroll down to Steps 3 and 4 in the pop-up box. Specify your preferences for the content of the alert and schedule the frequency and duration of the alert.

Step 7: After creating the alert, you will receive an email to confirm that you would like to receive that alert with the specified details.

Step 8: Alerts will start to come to your inbox containing links to the new materials matching your search.