Most indexing/abstracting databases such as PsycInfo, Web of Science, etc., provide a feature that can automatically keep you up-to-date on new publications in your research area. Some journal publishers who have more sophisticated websites may also offer an alerting feature that covers all the publications on their platform. You can also use this feature to keep track of new publications from specific authors and organizations. Once you have created an alert, everytime the database is updated with new material, you'll receive an email with the citations for all the new items that match your topic. You will have to register for a personal account with the database (free) in order to take advantage of any alerting features.
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 an alert, you usually create and perform the search you'd like to save. Then look for a link or button for "Alerts" or "Saved Searches"; if you don't see either of these, look under menus such as "My Profile", "My Account" or "My Settings".
Below are instructions for the major search platforms available via the ASU Library:
ASU Library Catalog is a record of the books, films, dissertations, sound recordings, maps, and other type of material available in the ASU Library.
EBSCOhost is a platform of databases from across the subject spectrum. ASU subscribes to the following:
To retrieve saved searches:
EI Engineering Village has two databases:
Each database 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.
Google Scholar indexes the journal articles from all subject areas that publishers have placed on the web. Which articles are covered depends on how (or if) the publishers have made the articles visible to Google.
Proquest is a platform of databases from across the subject spectrum. ASU subscribes to the following:
PubMed (journal articles from biomedical and health sciences)
Will send email notification for newly published articles that come up with your saved search
SciFinder contains two bibliographic databases that offer an alerting service (called "Keep Me Posted"):
SciFinder also has a 5 minute slide presentation that explains how to "Create a 'Keep Me Posted' Alert"
The Web of Knowledge platform has two databases:
And it has two different types of alerts:
The following box (Recent ASU Publications) is an example of how the alerting feature has been used to generate a list of recent ASU publications within a group of c subject areas.
In each of three databases, Compendex (engineering), Inspec (physics, electrical engineering, and computing) and SciFinder (chemistry), searches have been configured to find newly added citations in which Arizona State University is an author's affiliation.
Each week the librarian receives an email from each of the databases, clicks on the link within the email to go into the database and views the newly added citations.
The librarian uses each database's export feature to move the citations into a RefWorks folder, then uses RefWorks' share feature to make the folder viewable to ASU students and faculty. The folder's URL can be given out or used on a web page as shown below.
Estimated time to maintain: