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A number of literature search engines allow you to stay up to date on new academic literature in the natural sciences by creating email or RSS alerts.

The following search engines provide this service:

ACM Digital Library

The ACM Digital Library is a portal for academic literature in the field of computing science. The search engines contain the full digital ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) publications, as well as references to these texts: magazine/journal articles, articles in newsletters and conference proceedings.

The ACM Digital Library also lets you consult the ACM Guide to Computing Literature, a bibliographic database containing data and abstracts of ACM and other publications.

Setting an alert for magazine/journal table of contents:

  1. Create a Personal Web Account by clicking ‘Sign Up' in the top right of the screen and filling in your email address and other details.
  2. Enter the name of the magazine/journal in the search bar and click ‘Search'
  3. Select a search result.
  4. Click ‘Email ‘or ‘RSS' under Tools and Resources.

When a new magazine/journal issue is published its table of contents will be sent to you through email or RSS.

IEEE Xplore Digital Library

The IEEE Xplore Digital Library is a portal for academic literature in the field of computing science. The search engines contain the full digital versions of IEEE Computer Society publications: magazine/journal articles, transactions and conference proceedings.

Setting a search results alert:

  1. Click ‘Advanced Search'.
  2. Click ‘Personal Sign In': enter your username and password or 'Create account' by clicking ' Create account', Fill in your personal details and click on  'Create Account',
  3. After registration, click ‘Personal Sign In'.
  4. Enter a search term and click ‘Search'
  5. To create an alert click ‘Set Search Alert'.
  6. Enter a name ‘Search Alert Name'. Click on 'Save

You will receive an email every time a new article appears for you search.

Web of Science

Web of Science is a citation index for international magazine/journal articles in all academic fields. It incorporates data from the three Citation Indexes: the Science Citation Index Expanded (since 1945), the Social Sciences Citation Index (since 1956) and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index (since 1975).

A citation index allows you to look up magazine/journal articles that cite a publication. Web of Science lets you rapidly find a great deal of information on academic subjects. To receive alerts for articles/citations you must register: click ‘Log In', followed by ‘Register' and enter your details.

Then perform the following steps

  1. Go to ‘Search' and enter the search terms.
  2. Go to ‘Advanced Search', where your search result is displayed at the bottom.
  3. Click 'Save History/Create Alert'.
  4. Enter a ‘History Name' and possibly a ‘Description'.
  5. Select ‘Send Me E-mail Alerts'.
  6. Click op 'Create alert'
  7. Check the email address and ‘Email Frequency'.
  8. Click 'Close'.

The latest articles matching your search query will now be sent to your email address.

To receive a citation alert through email:

  1. Click a title for an extensive description.
  2. Click 'Create Citation Alert' at the right of the screen.
  3. Click ‘Save' to receive an email alert.

Additional information

If you wish to receive more information about alerts or the features of other search engines, let us know through the Need help? Ask Your Librarian service. On working days we will respond in 2 to 4 hours.