Don't Get Left Behind!
Keep Your Literature Review Up-to-date
Use the "Saved Search", "Alert" and "RSS Feed" features within databases, journals and news-sites to keep up to date on your topic.
There's no need for you to continually rerun searches in databases nor do daily checks in your favorite journals or news sites. You can have them automatically alert you to new material that is available on your topic/area of research
How you set up an alert, feed or save a search will vary. In most cases you'll be required to set up a personal account or profile with the journal or database --- there is no charge for this but you will have to identify yourself and provide an email address.
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.
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.
The links on these emails will only be usable 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.
How to Set Up a Saved Search
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.
Alerts are email notifications to let you know when new material is available. Alerts are generally used by journals to let you know when a new issue has been released and by citation databases to let you know when a new article has cited an older article that you have flagged.
How to Set Up a Journal Alert
For each journal from which you want an alert, go to the journal's website using the Libraries' Journal Title Lookup. On the journal 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". Once you have provided the publisher with your email address, there should be a link and/or instructions on setting up an alert.
Most 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. n some cases, the journal sends links only when an issue is complete; others will send links to individual articles whenever they have been put online without waiting for the whole issue to be available. When a journal sends an announcement of a whole issue, in some cases they will provide a direct link to the full text for each article within the issue; other just send you the link to the issue's table of contents.
Results from email alerts should be used while on-campus as the full-text links in the email will not work from off-campus; to access the full text of articles/journal alerts from off-camus, use the Libraries' Journal Title Lookup to go to the journal's website.
How to Set Up a Citation Alert
Use citation alerts to find out who is citing your publications and/or who is citing the important works in your research area. Both the Web of Science and Scopus databases provide citation alerts but each database has its strengths and weaknesses. Depending on what you need, alerts in both databases may be best.
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. Most web browsers have a feed reader; for example, Internet Explorer handles feeds within "Favorites", and a feed can be embedded within a web page. Some sections within "My ASU" will handle feeds (Announcements box, "My stuff" area) and for those who use MicroSoft Outlook for email, RSS feeds are in the same mail section as your InBox, Sent, and Deleted Folders.
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 mobilr 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.
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.
The ASU Library subscribes to Browzine, software that brings the print browsing experience to online access. Originally introduced as an app for the iPad, it now available both in app form for all major mobile devices as well as on the web via your favorite web browser. 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.