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Alert Services: Home

Alert Services or Current Awareness Services alert researchers when a new article or journal on a particular topic is published.

Types of Alert Services

Table of Contents/Journal Issue Alerts provide you with the latest table of contents of a journal via e-mail or RSS feed.

Ingenta Connect New Issue Alert

Search Alerts automatically run your saved database searches on a regular basis, retrieve newly added articles based on your search history, and deliver the results directly to your e-mail or RSS reader. 

America History&Life Search Alerts

Citation Alerts notify you when new publications cite a particular work you have chosen.

ISI Web of Knowledge Citation Alert

RSS Feeds will automatically check for updates from several websites including database searches and then display the results to you on a single webpage.

ProQuest Create RSS Feed

What Are Alert Services?

Alert Services, also known as Current Awareness Services, are web delivery services that you can use to keep up to date with the latest articles, journals, or books in your area of interest. 

You can control the amount of information you receive and how often it is delivered to you. After you set up an alert, you will receive regular electronic notifications of new material delivered to your inbox.

Please note that information providers may refer to their alerting services using different names.

ProQuest Alert Services Tutorial

Setting Up Alert Services

In most cases, you will need to register with the database or publisher site in order to set up the alert. Registration and related services are free to Vanderbilt users with a VUNet ID and Password.

Start with the databases and journals you use most frequently. Look on the home page for terms such as "alert," "email updates," "sign-in," or "my account."

Some databases don't link to alert services from the home page, but the services are offered once you sign-in and perform a search. Here is an example from Education Full-Text:

Government Information/Film Studies Librarian

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This guide expands upon a guide originally created by Mary Aquila.