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Staying Current: keeping up-to-date with research

Keep up-to-date with new research in your area with journal and book alerts, RSS Feeds, TOC Alerts and Conference Alerts.


Alerts helps you stay up-to-date with current research relevant to your topic. You can set them to notify you by e-mail or RSS feed when new articles are added matching the key terms you have specified. 

Look out for these kinds of  alerts:


How to get started:

  • Register or set up an account with the database provider. These are free and typically involve creating a username, a password and providing an email address. Remember these details for accessing saved searches and modifying alerts. 
  • If you wish to receive alerts from more than one database provider, e.g. Scopus (Elsevier) and Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) you need to create separate accounts. Only a single account is required for creating alerts in multiple databases from the same company, e.g. Ebsco provides access to Discovery and several specialist databases.

Alerts & TOC Alert services

These services and features offer comprehensive scholarly coverage for time-poor researchers. Check that the journal that you'd like to follow is covered by any one of these applications. Each listed application are covered in more detail in separate sections of this guide.


Find instructional videos and other resources to help you make use of these services in the tutorial resources page of the Staying Current subject guide.