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Alert Services

Stay abreast of the latest scholarship and developments in the field.

  • Current Awareness
    An excellent overview from our Research and Information Services department.
  • Current Cites
    “An annotated bibliography of selected articles, books, and digital documents on information technology.” Edited by Roy Tennant;  8-12 citations per issue. Last published in 2021.
  • JournalTOCs
    A customizable journal table of contents service.  Covers 2313 journals in “Computer Science” and 392 journals in “Library and Information Sciences.”


Most scholarly databases will let you create alerts for search terms if you have an account. Check out the A-Z Databases page to determine which databases the library subscribes to. Remember, you will have to create your own account with your illinois.edu email in order to receive alerts. Please note that the library cannot provide support for accounts created on these databases; you will have to contact the help desk for the database provider.

Project Muse
You can create alert services for specific journals and other scholarly works in Project Muse. To do so, sign up for an account (use your illinois.edu email address for wider access), then click on the “+MUSE Alert” button on the upper right corner of a journal volume or series. You can also add alerts by title, discipline, and publisher.

EBSCO lets you create alerts for specific search terms if you have signed up for an account. You can create an alert by clicking on “Search History” underneath the search box, which will take you to a list of search terms you have used. Click on the orange RSS feed button next to a term to create an alert for that search term and receive updates about new articles published that are related to that term. You can also set how frequently you receive alerts.

If you sign up for a ProQuest MyResearch account, you can set up alerts and RSS feeds for search terms. After completing your search, click on the “Save search/alert” button in the upper right corner. You can decide how often to receive alerts and limit which databases to receive alerts for.

Google Scholar
If you have a Google account, you can create alerts in Google Scholar. Simply go to the Google Scholar homepage and click on “Alerts” from the drop-down menu on the left side of the screen. Click on the “create alert” button to create a new alert, then type in the term that you want to create an alert for.