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Library and Internet resources for physics.

How to Keep Current

Use the "alert" features to keep up to date on your topic. 

Note: 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-camus, use the Libraries' Journal Title Lookup. 

Article-Indexing Databases:

  • Inspec (physics, electrical engineering, computer science)
    Will run a saved search strategy each week against the new items added to the database; you may create up to 125 different alerts.
    • Once in Inspec, do the search you'd like to have run each week,
    • Next, click on "Search History" in the upper right of the screen
    • Click in the "Email Alert" box on the line for that search.
    • Login (If you haven't already registered, click on the "Register Now" link in the right column)
    • The Search History screen will refresh and you'll see that "Saved" is now indicated on the far right of the search. (You may now either resume searching or "End Session")
    • To review or remove you email alerts, click on the "My Alerts" link in the upper right corner of the screen.
    • A RSS feed option is available.

  • Web of Science
    Will send email notification if a specific article has been recently cited.
    • Once in the Web of Science, find the article for which you'd like to receive citation alerts,
    • Click on the title of the article to go to the full record page,
    • In the right hand column, click on the "Create Citation Alert" button,
    • Log-in (or click on the link to "Register" in the left-hand column)
    • A RSS feed option is available.
    • To remove the alert, click on the "My Citation Alerts" link in the upper right corner of the screen, then click on the "Modify Settings" button, then click in the "Remove from list" box for that alert, and submit changes.



Many journals have some form of alerting service, but it varies from publisher to publisher and sometimes even titles from the same publisher may have different features available.  Most journals will have at least an email alerting service for when the latest issue of the title is published.

To find out what features are available for a specific journal, use the Libraries' Journal Title Lookup to get to the journal's web site, and then explore the site.  


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