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Most databases provide free alert services to keep you up to date of new publications in your field of interest.
Many databases offer RSS feeds to keep up to date. Just click the RSS button and paste the URL in your RSS reader.
To make an email alert, you generally have to do the following:
- Register with the database
- Save a search query as an alert
- Indicate the frequency of the alert and the form it should take
Alerts via the UvA catalogue
After a search in the UvA catalogue you can automatically receive new records which satisfy your query via email or RSS.
- To create an alert, open Search history.
- Tick the checkbox of the relevant search and click Create alert. If you are not logged in, the log-in window opens.
- When logged in, enter the required data and indicate how you wish to receive the alerts, by email or by RSS
- Confirm by clicking OK.
The alert by email has now been created. For an RSS alert you must paste the RSS URL you are shown into your RSS reader.
Via the UvA catalogue you can also be alerted to new acquisitions in your field. You do not have to perform a search first, just subscribe to the RSS feed.
Alerts in CataloguePlus
After performing a search in CataloguePlus, you can automatically receive newly added titles via email or RSS.
To create an alert in CataloguePlus you must be logged in.
Save your search with the Save query button (bottom left). A new screen opens.
To create an email alert, click Save & Alert. Your email address is entered automatically. Save your settings by clicking Save.
To create an RSS alert, click Save. Open the tab Queries in My Account. At the relevant query click Subscribe with the right mouse button, copy the link and paste it into your RSS reader.
Database alert services
When logged in, you can save successful searches in a personal profile. The search will then be performed at regular intervals in the database and you will automatically receive messages of newly added information, either in your email inbox or in a RSS reader, often including abstracts and links to full-text articles.
It is possible to have more than one profile in a single database.
The service is usually called Alert or SDI. See the Help of the individual database for information on their alert service.