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Keeping Current: Email Alerts

There are several services and technologies that can help you keep up-to-date with the literature in your discipline.

Email Alerts from Article Databases

You can set up email alerts to notify you when new material in your field is available through the VC/UHV Library databases. These alerts are based on past searches.

ProQuest: includes Accounting & Tax, Austin American Statesman, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, ProQuest Criminal Justice, ProQuest Dissertations, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

  1. Choose a specific ProQuest database and click on the link to enter it.
  2. Click on the link "My Research" in the upper right corner.
  3. Click on the link "Create a My Research account" and fill out the form with your information.
  4. Click on the "Alerts" tab.
  5. Follow the ProQuest instructions to set up an alert.

Gale: includes Academic OneFile, Health Reference Center - Academic, and Infotrac Newsstand.

  1. Choose a specific Gale database and click on the link to enter it.
  2. Click on the link "Sign In" at the top of the page.
  3. Click on the link "New User" and fill out the form with your information.
  4. Conduct a search. 
  5. On the search result page, click "Save this search" from the Tools box on the right.
  6. Enter a descriptive name for the search in the pop-up window.
  7. Put a check mark in the box "Create Search Alert".
  8. Select the frequency and format in which you want the system to check for new content based on your search criteria.
  9. Click "Save Search".

EBSCO: includes Academic Search Complete, Alternative Health Watch, Business Source Complete, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Computer Source, Consumer Health Complete, Economica y Negocios, Education Source, ERIC, Fuente Academica, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, Information Science & Technology Abstracts, Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts, Legal Collection, MAS Ultra, MedicLatina, Medline with Full Text, Military & Government Collection, Newspaper Source, Philosopher's Index, PsychARTICLES, PsychINFO, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection, Regional Business News, Religion & Philosophy Collection, Research Starters - Business, Research Starters - Education, Science & Technology Collection, and Vocational & Career Collection. 

  1. Choose a specific EBSCO database and click on the link to enter it.
  2. Click on the "Sign In" link at the top of the page.
  3. Click on the "Create a new Account" link and fill out the form with your information.
  4. Conduct a search.
  5. On the search result page, click "Alert/Save/Share" located above the first result.
  6. Click "E-mail Alert".
  7. Enter your email and change the General Settings if desired the click "Save Alert". 

ScienceDirect

  1. Click on the link "ScienceDirect" in the A-Z List of All Databases.
  2. Click "Register" at the top of the page if you are not already registered otherwise click "Login".
  3. Click on "My alerts" in the navigation bar.
  4. This page will instruct you for setting up Search Alert or a Topic Alert.

CQ Researcher

  1. Click on the link "CQ Researcher" in the A-Z List of All Databases.
  2. Move your mouse over Your Profile and click "Log In".
  3. Click "Your Profile".
  4. Select "I want to create a new account".
  5. Enter a username and password then click "Proceed".
  6. Click "E-mail Alerts".
  7. Click "Create New Alert".
  8. Fill out the form and click "Save". 

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