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Don't Get Left Behind!
There's no need for you to continually rerun searches in databases nor do daily checks in your favorite journals. You can have databases, journals and news sites automatically alert you to new material that is available on your topic or area of research.
Note: In most cases, results from email alerts and RSS feeds should be used while on-campus as the full-text links in the alerts/feeds will not work from off-campus; to access the full text of articles/journal alerts from off-campus, use the Libraries' Journal Title Lookup.
The Saved Search feature is most likely to be found in indexing databases. Everytime the database is updated with new material, your search will be run against the new material. You'll be sent an email with the citations for all the new material that matches your search.
Usually the links on these emails will only work from on-campus - sometimes there will be just one link that takes you to the whole list of your results within the database or each item in your email will have a link back to the item's record within the database. Once in the database, use the "full text", "PDF", or "Get It @ ASU" links to get to the full text of the item.
To set up a saved search, you usually create and perform the search you'd like to save. Then look for a link or button for "Saved Searches"; if one is not available, look under headings such as "My Profile", "My Account" or "My Settings". In some databases, saved searches are called "Alerts". To receive an email alert you will have to register for a personal account with the database - registration is free.
ABI/Inform (business articles and reports)
ACM Guide to Computing Literature/ACM Digital Li brary (computing-related journal articles and conference proceedings)
ASU Library Catalog (books, films, dissertations, sound recordings, maps, etc. added to the ASU Library)
ASU Library One Search (books, journal articles, films, dissertations, sound recordings, maps, etc. added to the ASU Library)
Only RSS feed is available for a saved search; no option for email alerts.
Compendex (journal articles and conference papers from all areas of engineering and manufacturing), and
Inspec (journal articles, conference papers, patents and technical reports in electrical engineering, computer science, and physics)
Will run a saved search strategy each week against the new items added to the database; you may create up to 125 different alerts. Alerts must be set separately for each database - you cannot have one alert that searches both databases.
IEEE Xplore (journal articles, conference papers, books, and standards published by the IEEE)
Will run a saved search strategy against the new items added to the database.
SciFinder Web (covers all areas of pure and applied chemistry)
See: instructions on setting up a SciFinder Web current alert
Web of Science (journal articles from most subject areas)
Will send email notification if a specific article has been recently cited.
Alerts are used mostly by journals to send you an email notification when a new issue has been released. Some journals also issue alerts when a new article is available online before the whole issue is complete. The email will usually replicate the table of contents with a link to each item within in the issue but could be just a simple link to the issue as a whole. Results from email alerts are best used when on-campus as the full text links in the email usually will not work from off-campus. To access the full text of articles/journal alerts from off-campus, use the "Libraries One Search" database (search by article title) or the "Journal Title Lookup" (search by journal title).
For each journal from which you want an alert, go to the journal's website using the Libraries' Journal Title Lookup. On the site, look for a link or button for "Alerts"; if one is not available, look under headings such as "My Profile", "My Account" or "My Settings". Many journals have some form of alerting service, but how it is set up and what the alert involves varies from publisher to publisher and sometimes even titles from the same publisher may have different features available.
RSS Feeds were originally used to send news items which are short and occur frequently. Many journals and databases are now offering RSS Feeds as an alternative to sending email alerts.
Feeds are more flexible than emails but require "feed reader" software on your end. Some web browsers have a feed reader; for example, Internet Explorer handles feeds within "Favorites", and a feed can be embedded within a web page. For advice on choosing a feed reader, see the following or do a web search for "best feed readers".
The feed symbol looks like this:
Academic publishers are starting to cater to mobile device users, however, what each is offering varies greatly. Many of these services can help you keep up with newly added literature in your area.
Check your Apps Store for a favorite journal, publisher, and/or database. Some apps provide database searching while others focus on current awareness services. Keep checking your Apps Store periodically as new apps are continually being released.
Note: The ASU Library's institutional site licenses to journals and databases do not always include tablet access, so even if an app is available you may find that it was designed to work only with personal subscriptions. If in doubt, use our Ask a Librarian service and we'll investigate.
Examples of available iPad apps as of July 2013
|The ASU Library subscribes to Browzine, an app that brings the print browsing experience to online access. The app was originally designed for the iPad but smartphone and Android versions are due during the summer and fall in 2013. After initial setup, Browzine can used off-campus to view full text and export citations into citation management software; most commercially published and professional society sci/tech titles are available.|
Couldn't find an app for your favorite journal/publisher? Go to the journal's/publisher's website and look for terminology such as "mobile device pairing", "device pairing" or maybe even just "mobile". Device paring involves the publisher identifying your specific device as belonging to an authorized ASU user. Once identified, the device can be used from off-campus to access the full text of ASU-subscribed titles from that publisher without having to go via the Libraries' website. So far we've only identified a few publishers that are offering this service: