Journal and Search Alerts
Many databases permit users to set up alerts. Two common types include:
- Journal Alerts: These alerts, sometimes called e-table of contents alerts, notify researchers when a new issue of a periodical is added to the database. Increasingly, databases are also providing advance access to articles.
- Subject Alert: These alerts can report on developments in a subject area and can look like a online newsletter.
- Search Alerts: These alerts notify researchers when new content matching a topic or a search string is added to a database.
Database alerts are delivered in a variety of ways, including email, RSS feeds, and twitter. To set up alerts, users should follow instructions on the individual databases. While every database employs a slightly different set up method, many require the researcher to register for a free account. An nyu.edu email address is often required.
Databases Offering Alerts
Below is a small selection of databases that permit users to set up alerts of various types. Increasingly, databases offer this function.