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Searching for your Literature Review: Alerts

What is an alert?

It is an automatic update of:

  • a new journal issue or
  • new literature on your topic

that has been added to a database or publisher's website.

Alerts can be set up as:

  • Email alerts - sent directly to your email inbox
  • RSS Feeds - stands for Really Simple Syndication

Why set up alerts?

  • to keep up to date with the latest research developments in your field
  • to identify new areas of possible research
  • to meet professional development requirements
  • to save you time

There are several ways to view these feeds:

  • RSS feed reader or aggregator
  • Web browser
  • Web based news readers

Types of alerts

Journal (Table of Contents) alert

- you receive journal Table of Contents in your email or alerts feed

Keyword/Subject/Topic alert

- allow you to save topic searches, and offer automatic updates whenever new literature on your topic is added. Some publishers' websites also allow this type of alert

Citation alert

- some databases allow you to track how many times a particular article is cited by other authors. For more information on citation alerts, refer to the Citation and Journal Metrics Guide

Author alert

- some databases offer author alerts. When you are researching in a particular field you may discover that certain authors publish regularly and you may wish to be alerted to any of their new articles

How to set up a Google scholar alert

To set up an alert in Google Scholar:

  • Access Google scholar via UniSA library home page
  • Search your keywords
  • In the results page, select 'Create alert' in the left menu (It will ask you to login with your Google account)
  • You may edit your alert query, e.g. intitle:"cognitive science" OR "cognitive load theory"
  • Create alert

Look for links to alerting or RSS Feed options, or check the database Help to see what alerting features are offered.