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Journal Notifications: Journal Alerts in Library eResources

Subscribing to Journal Alerts, Search Alerts, and RSS Feeds

What Are Journal Alerts?

Many of the databases that the Beatley Library subscribes to offer alert services. An alert is an email or RSS notification that the database can automatically send to you when new items are added to the database that match your specific search.

There are two types of alerts:

  • Journal Alerts - These alerts automatically send the tables of contents of newly published journal issues to your inbox or feed reader.
  • Search Alerts - These alerts automatically run your saved queries on a regular basis. Types of search alerts include topic searches, author searches, and searches that you've just run. Search alerts are covered in this guide. Learn more about Search Alerts and how to set them up on the Search Alerts page.

Journal alerts, or table-of-contents alerts, are automatic notifications of the publication of new issues of journals you follow.

Why Use Journal Alerts?

Setting up journal alerts is an efficient strategy for keeping up with the literature in your field or research area.

  • Current Awareness- These services can help you keep up with articles in your subject area of interest and the contents of newly published journals
  • Customized Content- Alert services allow you to control the information delivered, the amount of information and the regularity of received information
  • Time Management- Information is automatically delivered to you without rerunning the same search all the time
  • Organization- These services can help you to maintain a personal database in bibliographic management software

How Do I Set Up Journal Alerts Using ticTOCS?

ticTOCs Table of Contents Service
Free Online Service

Why look here?

This tool enables you to receive table of content alerts for new issues of journals of your choice.

What's included?

A search function for identifying journals, a list function for saving them, and an export function to enable alerts.

To set up an alert:

  1. Search for the journal by title, subject or publisher on the left pane of the site
  2. Next, select journals by ticking the checkboxes and then click 'Add'
  3. Once selected, these journal titles will go to MyTOCS on the right pane and click on the title of the journal
  4. From there, the journal should appear in the middle pane of the screen. You will be able to "export feed to" in order to export this issue, and the ones following it to your feed reader (such as Google Reader or Bloglines) or your inbox.
  5. After that, you will automatically receive updated table of content feeds for your journals of choice. From on campus, you will be able to directly access these articles, if Simmons owns that particular journal. If Simmons does not own that journal, you can request articles through Interlibrary Loan