What is an Alerting Service?
Many of the databases offered by the USF Libraries provide the option of setting up an alerting service. You can set up a search alert, journal alert, citation alert, or table of contents alert depending on availability in the database. Once you set up an alert service your search automatically re-runs on a predetermined schedule. Some databases email the results to you on a regular basis and some databases use RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feeds. RSS feeds automatically alert you to new postings based on a predetermined profile you set up.
Why Use an Alerting Service?
Alerting Services help you stay up-to-date on current publications in your field because citations are automatically delivered to you via email or RSS feeds. This helps you stay current in your field, saves you time, and streamlines your research endeavors.
You can save a search as an alert and then the database will email you with any new results periodically. You can retrieve the alert and perform the search any time without waiting for the alert to run.
You can set up an e-mail alert to automatically notify you each time a new issue of a journal title becomes available.
You can save a search as an alert and then the database will email you with any new citations periodically.
Table of Contents Alerts
You can save a Table of Contents (TOC) search in a TOC database. When a new issue is published, the table of contents will be automatically sent to you for your perusal of articles of interest.