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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.

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Hailey Mooney
209 Hatcher Graduate Library
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This guide will provide instruction on tools for keeping up with new articles and books in your field. Stay alert by subscribing to email alerts and RSS feeds for:

  • Items matching your subject search criteria
  • Tables of contents for journals of interest
  • Items that cite a specific work or author
  • New books that the library has acquired
  • Websites, news stories, or blog entries that match your search criteria

Another Useful Guide

An excellent guide with a long list of publishers offering alerts

Choosing the Best Source for your Alerts

If you want... Sign up for this kind of alert
Journal tables of contents as soon as they come out

New items matching a complex subject search

  • Alerts from your favorite disciplinary database
  • Use the guide menu (to the left) for directions on how to set up alerts from disciplinary databases on the ProQuest and EBSCO platforms, Web of Science, and Google Scholar
To be alerted when a specific item is cited


Most alerts will be available as in email format; some will also provide an RSS feed option. Experiment with any combination of these and decide which works best for you.