SETTING UP ALERTS 1:EBSCOHOST DATABASESAt 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 tableof contents of a journal title. This means that when articlesthat match your search are added to the database, youwill get sent an email alert.When you set an alert for a subject search, you will getsent an email alert each time articles matching yoursearch terms are added to the database. Similarly, whencontent from a new issue of a journal is added to thedatabase, you will get sent an email with either the tableof contents or a link to the articles from the issue of thejournal.It is possible to set alerts in this way in most majordatabases.Let’s look at an example.
Example Ebscohost Databases In this Workshop we will look at setting up alerts in Ebscohost databases. To access this suite of databases, navigate to the Library’s Home Page and select the link to Databases.
Creating a Search Alertin Academic Search Premier
Creating a Journal Alert in Academic Search PremierYou 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 Academic Search PremierAlternatively you can set an 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 an RSS reader or aggregator.Unlike an email alert, a RSS feed allows you to access youralerts by clicking on a link either in your favorites, 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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