An "Alert" refers to the notification of an addition (publication, update, new information, etc.) as it appears in a database, e-journal, website, or some other source.
The concept of an Alert is to have an effective and efficient means of staying up-to-date on information on specific topics relevant to one's field of study. In the simplest terms, setting up an Alert will allow information from a variety of sources to congregate in one, easy to manage location. In doing so, the user is made instantly aware of any new information that is made available through a multitude of sources (publishers, databases, websites, etc.).
By doing so the user can streamline the process of searching for new information, allowing them to reap all of the benefits of the new information without tediously searching through each individually & repetitiously.
This Research Guide is meant to help users understand, create, and manage their own Academic Alerts so that they will be able to quickly review any updates on information relevant to their interests.
There are a variety of different Alerts that can be utilized for academia or your unique interest(s). Each one is meant to keep you up-to-date on new information as it appears in your selected sources.
The frequency of alerts will differ depending on either the source or your personal update settings.
Alerts can come through:
And can include: