SETTING UP ALERTS 2:SCIENCEDIRECTAt Charles Darwin University, researchers have accessto a wide range of journal databases through theirLibrary - databases are an invaluable tool for accessingcurrent information. Most databases allow you to set upa profile, where you can save searches and createalerts.By setting up alerts in journal databases, researcherscan save time and keep up-to-date with information intheir area of research.This workshop will guide you through the process ofsetting up alerts.
You can set an alert for a subject search, or for the table ofcontents of a journal title. This means that when articles thatmatch your search are added to the database, you will getsent an email alert.When you set an alert for a subject search, you will get sentan email alert each time articles matching your search termsare added to the database. Similarly, when content from anew issue of a journal is added to the database, you will getsent an email with either the table of contents or a link to thearticles from the issue of the journal.It is possible to set alerts in this way in most major databases.Let’s look at an example.
Example ScienceDirect In this Workshop we will look at setting up alerts in ScienceDirect. To access this database, navigate to the Library’s Home Page and select the link to Databases.
You need toregister and set upan account beforeyou can login in
Complete yourdetails includingall the requiredfields, then submit
Creating a Journal Alert in Science DirectYou can also set up an alert for a journal so that each timearticles from a new issue are added to the database, you willreceive an email with the table of contents for that issue.
Creating a RSS Feed in Science DirectAlternatively you can set a RSS feed for both your savedsearch as well as your journal title. RSS stands for ReallySimple Syndication, and a RSS feed is also known as anews feed, which allows you to feed results from your alertsinto a RSS reader or aggregator.Unlike an email alert, a RSS feed allows you to access youralerts by clicking on a link either in your favourites, or via anews reader. Using a news reader will allow you to viewyour feeds from any computer. There are a number of freenews readers available, for example, My Yahoo!, Bloglinesand Google Reader.
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