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Keeping Current with Research in Your Field: Keeping Current

How to use RSS and alerts in databases to keep current with new research published in your field of interest

Using RSS Feeds

RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) feeds allow you to keep up-to-date on articles, news, and information in your field.

There are two steps to use to gain access to RSS feeds.

Step One:

Select a Reader. Popular readers include:

Step Two:

Add sites that interest you to your Reader. Often sites will include an icon like the one below that you can click to add them to your Reader.

You can also copy and paste the URL of the site into your reader. For instance, in Feedly, you enter this URL under Add Content to include the site in your reading list.

Setting a Google Alert

Google Alerts allow you to stay informed about topics that you choose. To set one, log into Google and click on More at the top of your screen. Select Even More from the dropdown menu:

Next, select Alerts:

Set your search terms (ie, your area of research, what you are studying, etc). Then make your selections from the options offered:

Using Database Search Alerts

Many databases allow you to create search alerts so that you will be notified via email when new articles appear. You may need to create a login with the database first. See some examples below:

Web of Science:

Find an article, click on its name, and use the box to the right to create a citation alert for that article.


Run a search and save it using the box to the right. You can also subscribe to search results via RSS feed by clicking on the link.

EBSCO Databases (ie, Academic Search Complete, etc):

Run a search and click on the dropdown menu next to Share. You can create an email alert or subscribe via RSS feed. You will need to log in and select an email address to receive notifications.