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Keeping Current in your Field

This guide was created to keep you up-to-date with research information

Alert services from article databases

Most article databases or e-journal collections subscribed by the Library offer Alert Services so that notifications of newly published articles can be automatically sent to you on a regular basis.

There are different types of alert services: Search alert, ToC (Table of Contents) alert, Citation alert. To find out more about them, select the type in which you are interested from the box on the left.

Once you set up the alert services you want, you will be notified of new articles via:

  • E-mail or
  • RSS.

Note: You can access the journal articles via these e-mail notifications or RSS links if you are on campus. If you are off campus, access the desired journal or database via our Library homepage or our City LibraryFind. You will then be prompted to sign-in using your EID and AD/LAN password. Read more here.


Email alerts vs. RSS feeds

Email Alerts  

  • You are usually, but not always, required to register for a free personal database account before you create email alerts
  • Of course, you need to have an email account beforehand

RSS Feeds   

  • Registration of a personal database account is usually not required to set up RSS feeds
  • You need to install an RSS reader/aggregator on your computer or to register at an RSS reader website beforehand


For more about RSS , read the "RSS" page of this guide.

New journal articles

There are several ways to keep current with article publications:

Using Library databases

Using Google Scholar (see the box below) 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be used for creating email alerts for library-subscribed and other scholarly articles. Perform your search and click on "Create Alert" to receive an email every time a new result is added (More on Findit@CityU in Google Scholar)

Google Scholar Search