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Keeping current

Learning outcomes

  • Learn an easy way to keep up to date with relevant publications

Stay informed - receive automatic updates for new publications on your research topic

  • Table of Contents (ToC) Alerts – receive the Table of Contents of each issue of your favourite journals as they are published.
  • Saved Search Alerts – create a specific search using your own keywords. This is run at regular intervals with the results emailed to you.
  • Citation Alerts – be notified when your articles, or articles of your choosing, have been cited.
  • Author Alerts – create alerts for a specific author and be notified when that author publishes new articles.

Most databases provide this service, check the ‘help’ icon within the database to access the instructions. Here are three examples:

Web of Science

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Scopus

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InfoRMIT

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Activity

  • Create a database search alert:
    • Login to a database highly relevant for your research.
    • Register to create a profile. This enables you to create alerts and have them sent to you.
    • Enter a comprehensive search statement (with results specific enough that you would want to be notified about via email).
    • Find the 'create alert' functionality and fill in your details.
  • Create a Journal TOC alert
    • Login to a database highly relevant for your research.
    • Register to create a profile.
    • Find the browse / list journals location. Locate a relevant journal by keyword, subject, or alphabetical browse.
    • Find the 'Table of Contents' or 'New Content' alert functionality and fill in your details.
    • Repeat the process for as many searches and journals from which you wish to be notified about new content.
Managing research information