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Auto-alerts Instructions Listed by Search Interface and Publishers

Below are instructions for setting up alerts, listed by database provider/search interface and publishers. For each publisher, we also included a link to the list of e-journals by that publisher available to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign users. If you have trouble figuring out the publisher for a specific journal, please go to a U of Illinois library reference desk, or contact Katie Newman.


ABC-CLIO

Search alerts:

  • First, you must "register":
    1. To register, from the database page, click on the "View" link next to “Personal Profile”.
    2. Click on “new profile”.
    3. Provide your first name, last name, email address, and CLIO Alert format.
    4. You can create alerts now, or you can save your profile by clicking "Save Profile" and edit alerts later.
  • After you have logged in, you’re ready to set up an alert:
    1. From the database page, click on the "Edit" link within the "Personal Profile" box.
    2. Within the CLIO Alerts box, choose the database from which you want to generate alerts (AHL: American, history and life; HA: Historical abstracts).
    3. Create CLIO Alerts using the Keywords, Author, Time Period, Language, and Document Type fields.
    4. Click "Save Profile" when you are finished.

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ACM Digital Library

Publication TOC alerts:

  • First, you must "register":
    1. To register, from the database page, click on the link to “Register”.
    2. Click on the “Create my ACM Web Account now” link.
    3. Choose "I am Not an ACM or SIG Member" and click "Continue".
    4. Provide the information requested (your name, address, email, and a security question), then click on “Continue”.
    5. You will receive an email shortly. Click on the verification link in the email to activate your account.
    6. Answer your security question and click “Continue”.
    7. Choose your password and click "Create Account".
    8. Your account is now set up and ready to use.
    9. Click the link "ACM Digital Library".
    10. Click "Login" on top of the page.
    11. Enter your web account and password, then click on "Login".
  • After you have logged in, you’re ready to set up an alert:
    1. From the ACM Digital Library homepage, click "TOC Service" under the Personalized Services section.
    2. Select the publications that you want to receive the Table of Contents alerts service and click "Submit".
    3. Now, you’ll receive an email when the newest issues/proceedings become available.
    4. If you need to unsubscribe to the publication TOC service, click "TOC Service", uncheck the journals that you have selected and click "Submit".

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CSA

Search alerts:

  • First, you must "register":
    1. To register, from the database page, click on the link to “Please log in to My Research”.
    2. Click on the “New Users Register Here” link.
    3. Provide the information requested (your name, email address, choose a username, password, and a security question), then click on “Submit”.
  • After you have logged in, you’re ready to set up an alert:
    1. Click on “Launch CSA Illumina” at the upper right corner to open a search session.
    2. Select “Subject Area” or click on “Specific Databases” to select databases you want to search.
    3. Create a search strategy using either the “Quick Search” or “Advanced Search” option. Run your search.
    4. Click on "Search history" in the upper-right corner of the screen. Under the Search History section, locate the search you wish to turn into an alert and click on "Save or Alert". [If you haven't already logged in, you'll be prompted to do so at this time.]
    5. You will be taken to the “Save your search alert” page. Make changes that you need. – I’d recommend receiving the alerts in HTML format if your email supports this. Click on “Go” when you are finished.
    6. Now, each week, you'll receive an email with the new results of your search.
    7. You may create as many alerts as you need.
    8. If you need to change your alert settings, click on “My research” on top of the page, then click on “Searches & Alerts” and make changes that you need.

Journal issue alerts (only in PsycARTICLES):

Journal issue alerting is only available in PsycARTICLES for University of Illinois at UC users. To set up a journal issue alert in CSA:

  • First, you must "register":
    1. To register, from the database page, click on the link to “Sign In”.
    2. Click on the “I'm a new user” link.
    3. Provide the information requested (your name, email address, choose a login name, password, and a security question), then click on “Submit”.
  • After you have logged in, you’re ready to set up an alert:
    1. Go to the PsycARTICLES link page.
    2. Click on the Browse tab, and select a journal that you want to create alerts.
    3. Click on the “New Issue Alert” link for the chosen journal. [If you haven't already logged in, you'll be prompted to do so at this time.]
    4. You will be taken to the “Save your search alert” page. Make changes that you need. – I’d recommend receiving the alerts in HTML format if your email supports this. Click on “Go” when you are finished.
    5. Now, you’ll receive an email when the newest volume of the journal of your choosing has been added to the full-text collection.
    6. You may create as many alerts as you need.
    7. If you need to change your alert settings, click on “My research” on top of the page, then click on “Searches & Alerts” and make changes that you need.

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EBSCOhost

Search alerts:

  • First, you must "register":
    1. To register, go to the main EBSCOhost databases link page.
    2. Click on a database that you want to search.
    3. Click on the link to “Sign In”.
    4. Now click on the “I'm a new user” link and provide the information requested (provide your name, email address, choose a login name, password, and a security question), then click on “Submit”.
  • After you have logged in, you’re ready to set up an alert:
    1. Create a search strategy using the “Advanced Search” option and run your search.
    2. Click on “Search History/Alerts”. If you've created several searches, the auto-alert will only be run against your most recently created search (the one on the top of the Search History). So you may need to re-type an earlier search to force it to the top.
    3. Click on “Save Searches/Alerts”. [If you have not already signed in your personal account, you will be prompted to do so.]
    4. Give your search a name, a description, and check the radio button by "Alert" in the “Save Search As” section.
    5. The Save Alert screen appears. Fill in the rest of the information requested. Click on Save when you are finished.
    6. Now, on a schedule that you define, you'll receive an email with the new results of your search, with embedded links back into the database.
    7. You may create as many alerts as you need.
    8. If you need to change your alert settings, click on “Folder” on top of the page, then click on “Search Alerts” and make changes that you need.

Journal alerts:

  • First, you must "register":
    1. To register, go to the main EBSCOhost databases link page.
    2. Click on a database that you want to search.
    3. Click on the link to “Sign In”.
    4. Now click on the “I'm a new user” link and provide the information requested (provide your name, email address, choose a login name, password, and a security question), then click on “Submit”.
  • After you have logged in, you’re ready to set up an alert:
    1. On the “Basic Search” page or “Advanced Search” page, click on “Publications”.
    2. Find the journal you want to create an alert, and click on the link.
    3. From the journal’s publication details screen, click on “Journal Alert”. [If you have not already signed in your personal account, you will be prompted to do so.]
    4. The Journal Alert screen appears. Fill in the rest of the information requested. Indicate whether you want to include: Link to TOC page on EBSCOhost or Article links embedded within the results. Click on Save when you are finished.
    5. Now, when the newest issue of the journal of your choosing has been added to the database, you'll receive an email containing Table of Contents with embedded links back into the database.
    6. If you need to change your alert settings, click on “Folder” on top of the page, then click on “Journal Alerts” and make changes that you need.

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EI Engineering Village 2

Search alerts:

  • First, you must "register":
    1. To register, go to the main EI Engineering Village page.
    2. Click on the link to "Register".
    3. Enter your name, email address and a password of your choosing. Then click on “Submit”.
    4. You are now registered and can save searches and set up alerts from EI Engineering Village.
  • After you have logged in, you're ready to set up an alert:
    1. Go to the main EI Engineering Village page.
    2. Select databases that you want to search.
    3. Create a search strategy and run your search. On the “Search Results” page, click on “Create Alert”. The link will turn into “Remove Alert” which means the alert has been set up.
    4. Or, you can create alerts from the search history page. To do so, click on "Search History" on top of the page. Select the “E-mail Alert” box next to the search you wish to set up as an alert. The “Save” button will turn into “Saved” which means the alert has been set up. [If you are not already logged into your Personal Account, you will be prompted to do so at this time.]
    5. Now, each week, you'll receive an email with the new results of your search, with embedded links back into the database you searched.
    6. If you need to delete your alerts, click on “My Alerts” on top of the page. Select the alerts you want to delete and click on the “Remove” button.

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Faculty of 1000

Stored searches alerts:

  • First, you must "register":
    1. To register, from the main F1000 page.
    2. Click on “Log on / Register” on top of the screen. Then click on “Register” on the left side of the page.
    3. Provide the information requested (only fields marked with * are required) and click Next. On the next page, edit your favorite sections and go Next.
    4. You are now registered and can save searches and set up alerts from F1000. You can now set your email alerts preferences, such as quantity, frequency and format. Or, you can edit them later.
  • After you have logged in, you're ready to set up an alert:
    1. Go to the main F1000 page.
    2. Under the Advanced Search section, create a search strategy and run your search. Review your results and refine your search if necessary.
    3. Click on "Store this search". [If you haven't already logged in, you'll be prompted to do so at this time.]
    4. Give your search a name, select frequency, and select an email format.
    5. Click on the "Store” button.
    6. Now, on a schedule that you define, you'll receive an email with the new results of your search, with embedded links back into F1000.
    7. You may create as many alerts as you need.
    8. If you need to change your alert settings, click on “Stored searches” under “My Details” and make changes that you need.

My F1000 Biology sections (subject) alerts:

  • First, you must "register":
    1. To register, go to the main F1000 page.
    2. Click on “Log on / Register” on top of the screen. Then click on “Register” on the left side of the page.
    3. Provide the information requested (only fields marked with * are required) and click Next. On the next page, edit your favorite sections and go Next.
    4. You are now registered and can save searches and set up alerts from F1000. You can now set your email alerts preferences, such as quantity, frequency and format. Or, you can edit them later.
  • After you have logged in, you're ready to set up an alert:
    1. Go to the main F1000 page.
    2. Click on “Log on / Register” on top of the screen.
    3. Provide your email address and password to log in.
    4. Click on “My Details” and you’ll be taken to the setup area.
    5. Click on “My favorite sections”.
    6. Now you are on the “Edit Biology favorite sections”. The sections you selected when register show up in the box of “Sections chosen”. Modify your sections that you need, then click on Submit.
    7. Under “My Details”, click on the “Email preferences”. Check the box beside “My F1000 Biology”. Change your email frequency, article quantity and format as needed, then click on Submit.
    8. Now, on a schedule that you define, you'll receive an email with newly evaluated articles in your My F1000 Biology Sections, with embedded links back into F1000.

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GALE (InfoTrac)

Searches alerts:

  1. Create a search strategy using Basic Search, Subject Guided Search, or Advanced Search option. Run your search.
  2. On the results page, click on “Create a Search Alert”.
  3. The Create Search Alert will pop up. If you want to receive alerts in email, in the “Email Options” section, provide your email, choose frequency and click on “Save”.
    If you want to receive alerts in RSS feeds, click on the “XML” button in the “RSS Feed” section. For how to subscribe to RSS Feeds, see instructions from the Scholarly Communication website.
  4. Now, you'll receive an email or RSS feed containing the new results of your search with embedded links back into the database.
  5. If you want to stop receiving the alert, click on the link of “Unsubscribe” in your email or RSS reader, and you will no longer receive updated results.

Journal alerts:

  1. Click on “Publication Search”.
  2. Create a search strategy and click on “Search” to run your search, or click on the link “All Publication Titles”. Find the journal you want to create an alert, and click on the link.
  3. From the journal’s publication screen, click on “Create a Journal Alert”.
  4. The Create Search Alert will pop up. If you want to receive alerts in email, in the “Email Options” section, provide your email, choose frequency and click on “Save”.
    If you want to receive alerts in RSS feeds, click on the “XML” button in the “RSS Feed” section. For how to subscribe to RSS Feeds, see instructions from the Scholarly Communication website.
  5. Now, when the newest issue of the journal of your choosing has been added to the database, you'll receive an email or RSS feed containing Table of Contents with embedded links back into the database.
  6. If you want to stop receiving the alert, click on the link of “Unsubscribe” in your email or RSS reader, and you will no longer receive updated results.

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Google

News alerts:

You can set up alerts for items that appear in Google News, Google Web, Google Groups, Google's Blog search, Google Video, or a comprehensive alert for all of these.  A Google news alert is an email aggregate of the latest news articles that contain the search terms of your choice and appear in the top ten results of your Google News search. To set up a Google News alert:

If you have a Google Account:

  1. Sign in to your GMail account
  2. Go to Google Alerts.
  3. Enter your search terms, choose alert type (News, Blogs, Web, Groups, Video, or Comprehensive) how often you'd like Google to check for results, and your email address. Click on “Create Alert” when you are finished.
  4. You will receive an email shortly. Click on the verification link in the email to activate your Alert.
  5. Now, on a schedule that you define, you'll receive an email with newly evaluated articles.
  6. If you need to change your alert settings, click on the “sign in to manage your alerts” link from http://www.google.com/alerts, and sign into your Google Account. You’ll be taken to the “Manage your Alerts” page. Make changes that you need.

If you do not have a Google Account:

    1. Go to Google Alerts.
    2. Enter your search terms, choose alert type (News, Blogs, Web, Groups, Video, or Comprehensive) how often you'd like Google to check for results, and your email address. Click on “Create Alert” when you are finished.
    3. You will receive an email shortly. Click on the verification link in the email to activate your Alert.
    4. Now, on a schedule that you define, you'll receive an email with newly evaluated articles. There are links at the bottom of each email that allow you to unsubscribe to the alert.

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    IEEE Xplore

    Journal/Magazine/Standard alerts:

    1. Go to the IEEE Xplore page.
    2. Click on “Alerts” on top of the screen.
    3. Provide name and email address in the two boxes and click Submit.
    4. Now you are on the Journals & Magazines Table of Contents Alerts page. Choose your email format.
    5. Select journals/magazines that you want to set up as an alert and click on "Submit Selection" when you are finished.
    6. If you want to create standard alerts, click the tab "Standard by Industry" or "Standard by Version". Select the standards that you want to set up as an alert and click on "Submit Selection" when you are finished.
    7. Now, you'll receive an email with newly posted journals, magazines and standards, with embedded links back into IEEE Xplore.
    8. If you need to change your alert settings, click on “Alerts” on top of the page, login and make changes that you need.

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    NCBI (PubMed)

    Search alerts:

    Alerts from NCBI are usually created for PubMed searches; however, you may create alerts for GenBank or most of the other NCBI databases as well. Below are the instructions for creating an alert in PubMed.

    • First, you must "register":
      1. To register, go to the main PubMed page.
      2. Click on the link to “My NCBI”.
      3. Now click on the “register for an account” link and provide the information requested (choose a login name and password, provide your email address, and choose a security question).
    • After you have logged in, you're ready to set up an alert:
      1. From the main PubMed page, create a search, and then click on “Save Search”.
      2. Choose a name for the search, and elect to receive email updates.
      3. Fill in the rest of the information requested – I’d recommend receiving the alerts weekly, in HTML format if your email supports this. I usually set the number of results to send to the maximum number.
      4. Now, each week, you'll receive an email with the new results of your search, with embedded links back into PubMed.
      5. You may create as many alerts as you need.
      6. If you need to change your alert settings, click on “My NCBI” on top of the page and make changes that you need.

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    OVID

    AutoAlert (SDI):

    • First, you must "register":
      1. To register, from the main database page, click on "Personal Account (for Searches)".
      2. Click on the “Create a new Personal Account” link and provide the information requested (choose a login name and password, and provide your email address).
      3. Once completed, click on the Main Search Page tab. You will see your Personal Account Name directly above the search history box.
    • After you have logged in, you’re ready to set up an alert:
      1. From the main search page, create a search strategy and run your search.
      2. Click on “Save Search/Alert” in the Search history box.
      3. Choose a name for the search, then select “AutoAlert (SDI)” and you’ll see the AutoAlert Options panel. Make selections from the various AutoAlert Options that you need.
      4. Check the “Include Strategy” box if you wish to see the search strategy when the e-mail is delivered.
      5. In the “Report Type”, I’d recommend a type with a Results Display Link which will open an Ovid session at the Search Results Display of those records.
      6. In the “Result Format”, if you are going to import the results into EndNote, RefWorks or another bibliographic management package, select the “BRS/Tagged” or “Reprint/Medlars” format.
      7. In the “Scheduling Options” frame, select the timeframe in which you would like to receive e-mail. I’d recommend On Database Update.
      8. Deduping Options removes redundant records from the results set each time the AutoAlert runs.
        For more information about AutoAlert options, go to OVID help page.
      9. Now, you'll receive an email whenever a new record is added to the database(s) from which your AutoAlert was created or on a schedule that you define, with embedded links back into the database.
      10. You may create as many alerts as you need.
      11. If you need to change your alert settings, click on “Main Search Page” on top of the page, and then click on “Saved Searches/Alerts”. Now you can make changes that you need.

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    ProQuest

    Search alerts:

    1. Select the database you want to search and click on continue.
    2. Create a search strategy using either the Basic or the Advanced option. Run your search.
    3. On the results page, click on “set up alert”.
      Or, at the bottom of the results page, click on the link of “# recent searches” in the Tools bar. You will see the page of “recent searches”. Locate the search you want to create alert, and click on the “set up alert” button next to it.
    4. A window of “set up your search alert” will pop up. Fill in the information requested and click on save.
    5. On the next confirmation page, review the information and click on “done” if it is correct.
    6. You will receive an email from ProQuest shortly. Click on the link of “confirm this email address” to activate your alert.
    7. Now, on a schedule that you define, you'll receive an email with the new results of your search, with embedded links back into the database. At the bottom of the page, you will see a view all search results link. Click this link to rerun the search, showing both the newly published information and all previous information.
    8. If you want to stop receiving the alert, click on the link of “delete this alert” near the top of your email and you will no longer receive updated results.

    Publication alerts:

    1. Select the database you want to search and click on continue.
    2. Click on the publication tab.
    3. Find the journal you want to create an alert, and click on the link.
    4. From the journal’s publication details screen, click on “set up alert”.
    5. A page of “set up your publication alert” will pop up. Fill in the information requested and click on save.
    6. On the next confirmation page, review the information and click on “done” if it is correct.
    7. You will receive a confirmation email from ProQuest shortly.
    8. Now, you’ll receive an email containing Table of Contents when the newest issue of the journal of your choosing has been added to the database.
    9. If you want to stop receiving the alert, click on the link of “delete this alert” near the top of your email and you will no longer receive updated results.

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    SciFinder

    Keep Me Informed (e-mail alerts)

    Alerts from SciFinder can be based on many types of searches: Research Topic, Author, Company Name, Document Identifier, Journal, Patent, or Structure.  See the SciFinder Help for restrictions -- e.g., alerts can not be saved from "combined" searches.

    • First, you must "register" -- you have to do this before you even use SciFinder
      1. To register, go to the SciFinder Instructions page on the Chemistry Library website.
      2. Read over the instructions for registering.
      3. Click on the “Register for SciFinder Web Version” link and fill in the contact information requested.  Be sure to use your ".illinois.edu" email address when registering.
      4. You will be able to choose your own login, password, and security question. 
      5. To login to SciFinder, use the proxied link found on the Chemistry Library website, that is, this link
    • After you have logged in, you are ready to set up an alert:
      1. Create a search strategy and run your search. Usually your search will be by topic, author, or journal.
      2. On the search result page, click on "Create Keep Me Informed".
      3. Give your search a title and specify an expiration date.  Note:  The longest a search can be set up to run is 1 year, which is the default; reminders will be sent by email when the Keep Me Informed alert is about to expire so you can extend it.
      4. Click on Create.
      5. Once a week you will receive by email the new articles that have been added to SciFinder from both the Chemical Abstracts database as well as from PubMed (Medline).  (Note: it is currently not possible to de-duplicate alerts so you may receive the same citation from CA and PubMed.)

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    Scopus

    Search alerts:

    Non-Scopus documents (abstracts available on platforms external to Scopus) are not included in Search alerts.

    • First, you must "register":
      1. To register, go to the main Scopus page.
      2. Click on the “Register” link on the top right corner.
      3. Provide the information requested and click on Submit.
      4. You are now assigned a user name which you will use to login. You will also receive an email from Scopus containing the login information.
      5. Click on the login link to log in.
    • After you have logged in, you’re ready to set up an alert:
      1. Go to the main Scopus page.
      2. Create a search strategy and run your search.
      3. On the search result page, click on "Save as alert". [If you haven't already logged in, you'll be prompted to do so at this time.] Or, you can go to the Search History section, pick the one you want to create an alert and click on “Set Alert”.
      4. Give your search a name.
      5. Select frequency. You can also select Inactive for times you do not wish to receive alerts.
      6. Select an email format.
      7. Click on the "Submit” button.
      8. Now, on a schedule that you define, you'll receive an email with the new results of your search, with embedded links back into Scopus.
      9. You may create as many alerts as you need.
      10. If you need to change your alert settings, click on “My Alerts” on top of the page and make changes that you need.

    Document Citation Alerts:

    Non-Scopus documents (abstracts available on platforms external to Scopus) are not included in Document Citation alerts.

    • First, you must "register":
      1. To register, go to the main Scopus page.
      2. Click on the “Register” link on the top right corner.
      3. Provide the information requested and click on Submit.
      4. You are now assigned a user name which you will use to login. You will also receive an email from Scopus containing the login information.
      5. Click on the login link to log in.
    • After you have logged in, you’re ready to set up an alert:
      1. Go to the main Scopus page.
      2. Create a search strategy and run your search.
      3. On the search result page, pick the article that you want to create an alert and click on "Abstract + Refs".
      4. Now you are on the record page. Click on the “E-mail Alert” link. [If you haven't already logged in, you'll be prompted to do so at this time.]
      5. Give your search a name.
      6. Select frequency. You can also select Inactive for times you do not wish to receive alerts.
      7. Select an email format.
      8. Click on the "Submit” button.
      9. Now, you'll receive an email of newly loaded documents that cite the article of your choosing, with embedded links back into Scopus.
      10. You may create as many alerts as you need.

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    Voyager-I-Share

    New Titles Alerts:

    1. Go to the I-Share Online Catalog.
    2. Click on the tab “New in I-Share” to browse titles newly added to I-Share.
    3. Select the “New Since” interval and sort order. You may restrict the search by providing a title word or author, if you like.
    4. On the search result page, you will see “RSS feed: XML” on the right. Right-click on the “XML” button and select Copy Link Location or Copy Shortcut.
      (For how to subscribe to RSS Feeds, see instructions from the Scholarly Communication website.)
    5. Go to www.rssfwd.com.
    6. Paste your RSS link into the box and click Submit.
    7. Review the output. Make changes on how to receive email that you need.
    8. Enter your email address and click Subscribe.
    9. Now, on a schedule that you define, the new titles information will be emailed to you with embedded links back into the catalog.

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    Voyager-University of Illinois at UC

    New Titles Alerts:

    1. Go to the New Titles @ U of Illinois Library page.
    2. Select libraries, call numbers, date, sorting and language that you need.
    3. Click on “Create RSS Feed” at the bottom of the page. It will show a RSS link. Copy that link.
      (For how to subscribe to RSS Feeds, see instructions from the Scholarly Communication website.)
    4. Go to www.rssfwd.com.
    5. Paste your RSS link into the box and click Submit.
    6. Review the output. Make changes on how to receive email that you need.
    7. Enter your email address and click Subscribe.
    8. Now, on a schedule that you define, the new titles information will be emailed to you with embedded links back into the catalog.

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    Web of Knowledge

    One of the most important features of the new Web of Knowledge is the All Databases search, which allows you to search across all the Web of Knowledge databases the U of I subscribes to. Unfortunately, it is not possible to set up alerts to be run from an All Databases search. Rather, you must set up alerts to be run against each, individual database.

    As Web of Science is updated weekly, it is recommended that you start by making alerts from it. Depending on your subject area, you may also want to set up alerts in CAB Abstracts, Biological Abstracts, Medline, FSTA, or Zoological Record, as well.

    Alerts Based on Topic Searches in Web of Knowledge Databases:

    • First, you must "Register", so the Web of Knowledge knows your email address:
      1. To register, from the first Web of Knowledge page, click on the link to "Sign In".
      2. Then click on Register.
      3. Enter your email address and a password of your choosing.
      4. You are now registered and can save searches and set up alerts from any of the Web of Knowledge databases.
    • After you have logged in, you're ready to set up an alert:
      1. Go to the main Web of Knowledge page.
      2. Click on "Select a Database" and choose the database from which you want the alert. It is recommended that you start by creating an alert in the Web of Science database.
        [Note: Search history alerting is not available for the "All Databases" option.]
      3. Click on Search, and create a search strategy based on keywords, journal titles, authors, or whatever.
      4. Click on the Search button to run your search.
      5. Click on "Search History".
      6. If you've created several searches, the auto-alert will only be run against your most recently created search (the one on the top of the Search History). So you may need to re-type an earlier search to force it to the top.
      7. Click on "Save History/Create Alert". [If you haven't already logged in, you'll be prompted to do so at this time.] Give your search a name, a description, and check the box "Send me e-mail alerts".
      8. Select an email format -- I'd recommend HTML, if your email program supports this, since this format will include links back to the database you searched, so you can take advantage of the various links available within the database.
      9. Select frequency. Choose the shortest offered. Here's how often the various Web of Knowledge databases are updated:
        • Web of Science -- Weekly
        • Biological Abstracts -- Every 6 weeks
        • CAB Abstracts -- Monthly
        • FSTA -- Weekly
        • Medline -- Weekly
        • Zoological Record -- Monthly
      10. Click on the "Save” button.
      11. Now, each week/month, you'll receive an email with the new results of your search, with embedded links back into the database you searched.
      12. You may create as many alerts as you need.
      13. If you need to change your alert settings, click on “My Saved Searches” on top of the page and make changes that you need.

    Journal Table of Contents Alerts from Web of Knowledge Databases

    • First, you must "Register", so your email address is known to the system:
      1. To register, from the first Web of Knowledge page, click on the link to "Sign In".
      2. Click on Register
      3. Enter your email address and a password of your choosing.
      4. You are now registered and can save searches and set up alerts from Web of Knowledge.
    • After you have logged in, you're ready to set up an alert:
      1. From the Web of Knowledge page, select a particular database.
      2. From the dropdown box, choose to search by "Publication name".
      3. Click on the magnifying glass icon, next to "Publication name".
      4. Find the journal(s) of interest and select (ADD) them. Note that the titles are added to an input box at the bottom of the page, with an "or" in between each title.
      5. Click on "ok" when you're done selecting titles; you'll be brought back to your search screen.
      6. Run the publication name search, by cliking on "Search". (Be sure there are no other searches in the other search boxes.)
      7. Click on Search History.
      8. If you've created several searches, the auto-alert will only be run against your most recently created search (the one on the top of the Search History). So you may need to re-type an earlier search to force it to the top.
      9. Click on "Save History/Create Alert". [If you haven't already logged in, you'll be prompted to do so at this time.] Give your search a name, a description, and check the box "Send me e-mail alerts".
      10. Select an email format -- I'd recommend HTML, if your email program supports this, since this format will include links back to the database you searched, so you can take advantage of the various links available within the database.
      11. Select frequency. Choose the shortest offered. Here's how often the various Web of Knowledge databases are updated:
        • Web of Science -- Weekly
        • Biological Abstracts -- Every 6 weeks
        • CAB Abstracts -- Monthly
        • FSTA -- Weekly
        • Medline -- Weekly
        • Zoological Record -- Monthly
      12. Click on the "Save” button.
      13. Now, each week/month, you'll receive an email with the new results of your search, with embedded links back into the database you searched.
      14. You may create as many alerts as you need.
      15. If you need to change your alert settings, click on “My Saved Searches” on top of the page and make changes that you need.

    Citation Alerts: Find out when a particular paper has been cited.

    • First, you must "register":
      1. To register, from the first Web of Knowledge page, click on the link to "Sign In".
      2. Click on Register.
      3. Enter your email address and a password of your choosing.
      4. You are now registered and can save searches and set up alerts from Web of Knowledge.
    • After you have logged in, you're ready to set up an alert:
      1. From the Web of Knowledge page, select "All database", or choose to search a particular database.
      2. Create a search strategy and run your search.
      3. Access the full record of the article of interest by clicking the title of the article on any Summary page of search results.
      4. On the full record page, click the button Create Citation Alert. (If you do not see the Create Citation Alert button, then the record does not contain sufficient information for the alerting system to connect it to references cited by other articles.)
      5. Now, you will automatically receive an e-mail alert every time the article is cited in a journal indexed in the Web of Science database.
      6. If you need to change your alert settings, click on “My Citation Alerts” on top of the page and make changes that you need.

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    Wilson Web

    1. Create a search strategy using either the “Basic Search” or “Advanced Search” option. Run your search.
    2. Click on the “Search History” button.
    3. Locate the search you want to create alert, and click on the link “Create Alert for This Search” next to it.
    4. A window of “Set Up Your Search Alert” will pop up. Fill in the information requested and click on “Save Alert”.
    5. You will receive an email from Wilson Web shortly. Click on the link of “Confirm Email Address” to activate your alert.
    6. Now, on a schedule that you define, you'll receive an email with the new results of your search, with embedded links back into the database. At the bottom of the page, you will see a view all search results link. Click this link to rerun the search, showing both the newly published information and all previous information.
    7. If you want to change your alert settings, click on the link of “Update Alert” or “Delete Alert” at the bottom of your email to make changes.

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    Below are instructions for setting up alerts from major publishers. For each publisher, we also included a link to the list of e-journals by that publisher available to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign users. If you have trouble figuring out the publisher for a specific journal, please go to a U of Illinois library reference desk, or contact Katie Newman.

    American Chemical Society

    For journals published by American Chemical Society. ACS e-journals provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library can be found here.

    Types of alerts:

    • TOC alerts
    • Article alerts

    To set up alerts, go to the ACS E-mail Alerts page to register and follow the instructions there.

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    Annual Reviews

    Annual Reviews e-journals provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library can be found here.

    Types of alerts:

    • TOC alerts
    • Citation tracking alerts
    • Search alerts

    To set up alerts, go to Annual Reviews user registration page to create an account and then follow the instruction there.

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    BioMed Central

    BioMed Central is an open access publisher, meaning that the content for most of the journals is available to all at no cost. A few of their journals (e.g., Genome Biology, Breast Cancer Research, Arthritis Research) have non-open access review articles. You may still want to enter from the library's link to access all of the content. BioMed Central e-journals provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library can be found here.

    Types of alerts:

    • Advanced search alerts
    • TOC alerts

    To set up alerts, go to BioMed Central registration page to register and then follow the instruction there.

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    Blackwell Synergy

    Blackwell Synergy e-journals provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library can be found here.

    Types of alerts:

    • TOC alerts

    To set up alerts, go to Blackwell Synergy registration page to create an account and then follow the instruction there.

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    Highwire Press

    Several hundred mostly bio-med titles from scholarly societies, including Science, Journal of Biological Chemistry, PNAS, Agronomy J, JAMA, Plant Cell, etc. Highwire e-journals provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library can be found here.

    Types of alerts:

    • TOC alerts
    • CiteTrack alerts

    To set up alerts, go to the Highwire Press registration page to create an account and then follow the instruction there.

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    Institute of Physics (IOP)

    IOP e-journals provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library can be found here.

    Types of alerts:

    • TOC alerts
    • Enhanced alerts (search alerts)

    To set up alerts, go to the IOP free e-mail alerting service page and follow the instruction there.

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    Nature Publishing Group

    NPG e-journals provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library can be found here.

    Types of alerts:

    • TOC alerts
    • AOP (Advance Online Publication) alerts

    To set up alerts, go to the NPG Registration page and follow the instruction there.

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    Project Muse

    Project Muse e-journals provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library can be found here.

    Types of alerts:

    • Journal alerts (TOC alerts)

    To set up alerts, go to the Project MUSE Journal Alerts and follow the instruction there.

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    Sage

    Sage journals provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library can be found here.

    Types of alerts:

    • TOC alerts
    • OnlineFirst alerts: Alert you when new OnlineFirst content is posted.
    • Announcements alerts: Alert you when announcements from SAGE Publications relating to the journal is posted.
    • Citation alerts
    • Correction alerts: Alert you if a correction is posted.
    • Search alerts

    To set up alerts, go to the SAGE Journal Email Alerts page and follow the instruction there.

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    Science/AAAS

    Science is published by American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Click here to browse the journal.

    Types of alerts:

    • Research alerts
    • TOC alerts

    To set up alerts, go to the AAAS registration page and follow the instruction there.

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    ScienceDirect (Elsevier)

    For journals published by Elsevier or Academic Press. ScienceDirect e-journals provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library can be found here.

    Types of alerts:

    • Search Alerts

      Search alerts notify you by e-mail when new documents matching your search criteria become available online. See Saving a Search Alert to create a search alert.

    • Topic Alerts

      Topic alerts are predefined searches on a specific topic. Topic alerts notify you by e-mail when new documents on a particular topic are available. See Adding Topic Alerts to add topic alerts.

    • Volume/Issue Alerts

      Volume/Issue alerts notify you by e-mail when a new issue of a particular journal or a new book volume becomes available. See Managing Volume/Issue Alerts to create a volume/issue alert.

    • Citation Alerts

      Citation Alerts notify you by e-mail when a selected document is cited by new documents that have become available on ScienceDirect. See Saving a Citation Alert to create a citation alert.

    To set up alerts, go to the ScienceDirect Registration page and follow the instruction there.

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    SpringerLink

    SpringerLink e-journals provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library can be found here.

    Types of alerts:

    • TOC alerts for journals
    • TOC alerts for book series
    • New book alerts

    To set up alerts, go to the SpringerAlerts page and follow the instruction there.

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    Wiley Interscience

    Wiley Interscience e-journals provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library can be found here.

    Types of alerts:

    • Saved titles alerts (TOC alerts)
    • Saved search alerts

    To set up alerts, go to the Wiley InterScience Registration page and follow the instruction there.

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