[The following blog post was written by Kristin E. Cangialosi, a graduate student in the Department of Library & Information Studies.]
Similar to Google Alerts, most academic databases allow you to create an alert based off of a search. Once you create an alert, notifications will be sent via email when new articles with your keywords have been added to the database.
Using Academic Search Complete, one of the most comprehensive databases made accessible by the UB Libraries, an alert can be created for any research topic of scholarly or personal interest.
1) Start by going to the Academic Search Complete database. (If you are accessing the database remotely, you may be prompted to sign in using your UBIT username and password).
2) Once at the database, you can type in your keywords and continue as if you were conducting a search on the topic.
3) Look for the “Share” button on the search results page. Click this button to bring up several options, one of which is to create an email alert.
4) A new window will open in which you can alter various alert settings, such as how often you want to receive emails and how current the articles will be. To save the alert, you must sign in to your EBSCOhost Folder account. (If you do not yet have an account, you can create one at this point by clicking the “Sign In” link which will provide that option.)
5) Save the alert and you will begin receiving scholarly results directly in your inbox!
If you have any questions about Academic Search Complete or features within any of the databases made accessible by the UB Libraries, please contact a librarian either by email, phone, through instant messaging, or in person.