Q. How do I set up an auto alert to be informed of new articles published in my fields of interests?

I have used JBC's search alert option for getting e-mails about recent publications weekly. However, this service does not exist any longer. I know that web of science offers this, however, MUSC does not subscribe to this site. Therefore, I would like to get some help using our resources at MUSC to set up this search alert to be on track with the literature in my research field. If it helps, I can stop by the MUSC library to go over this question and options.


An auto alert is a saved search that runs automatically each time new articles added to a database. The search profile you create retrieves any new article citations that match your search criteria and the results will be emailed to you without any effort on your part.

You can set up auto-alerts through databases such as PubMed, Scopus, or CINAHL. First, develop your search strategy (with the help of a librarian), then register for, or log into, your database account. Next, save your search strategy, and create an alert.

PubMed: 'create alert' instructions: https://www.screencast.com/t/EGIp92oOchpa

Scopus: 'set alert' instructions: https://www.screencast.com/t/gudHElwd

CINAHL: 'create alert' instructions: https://www.screencast.com/t/8n31pkLtwOa

  • Last Updated Jul 20, 2017
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  • Answered By Emily Brennan

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