Q. What is a research alert? I want to stay current with my research.
Research alerts keep you up to date on the latest research by emailing or sending you an RSS feed about the topics that interest you. Examples include:
- having the table of contents of every new issue of a certain journal sent to you
- getting an alert whenever a specific article gets cited
- getting an alert every time a particular researcher publishes an article
- specifying a search string (e.g., "green building" and canada) and being notified whenever an article meets your search criteria.
This service is provided by many article databases and online journals, and each site will do it a little differently—there is often information to get started on the database's homepage. Look for links like "research alerts," "email alerts," "research tracking," or try a site search. Often you will need to sign up for a free account to set up the service.
Need more help? Contact your subject librarian .