Search alerts are a time saver! You do not need to perform the same search again and again to determine if any new articles have been published on your topic. Instead, articles matching your search parameters will be sent to you.
Search alerts are useful for:
Most databases such as PsycInfo, etc., provide a feature that can automatically keep you up-to-date on new publications in your research area. Some journal publishers may also offer an alerting feature that covers all the publications on their platform. Once you have created an alert, every time the database is updated with new material, you'll receive an email with the citations for all the new items that match your topic. You will have to register for a personal account with the database (free) in order to take advantage of any alerting features.
The first step in creating a search alert is to create a search that returns results similar to what you'd like to receive alerts for.
On the page that displays your results list, most databases provide a link to create an alert.
To create an alert in ProQuest (includes databases such as PsycINFO, ABI Inform Global, and ProQuest Central)
Google Scholar indexes the journal articles from all subject areas that publishers have placed on the web. Which articles are covered depends on how (or if) the publishers have made the articles visible to Google.
To create an alert in Google Scholar:
1) Type in your keywords to search for articles
2) On the search results page, click on Create Alert on the bottom left hand side of the screen:
3) On the Create alerts page, verify alert search string; select your that you would like the alerts to be sent to; select the number of alerts from the pull down menu (i.e. 10 or 20); and then click Create Alert
4) A verification email is sent to your email. Open the email and click on the link in the verification email from Google Scholar to receive alerts on your search topic.
5) Google Scholar will begin to periodically email you newly published papers from Google Scholar that match your search criteria
To unsubscribe alerts, click on the link to cancel the alert at the bottom of every notification email