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Creating alerts to stay up to date in your discipline

Alerts assistance

Contact your Faculty Librarian for assistance with other databases OR visit the help page of any database

How to set up alerts from a few selected databases


Google Scholar

ProQuest databases



Web of Science

SABINET African Journals
There are two ways to sign-up for alerts:
Firstly, you can select an alert from the options on the right-hand side of the page, there is a little bell icon. If you are not signed into a profile, you will then be prompted to either sign-in or register. An alert will then be setup, which you can manage through ‘My Profile’
 Alternatively, you can go to My Profile directly and access the option to setup your alerts.

Alerts: keeping up-do-date with scientific literature

  • helps you to stay up to date in your discipline without repeating searches
  • pushes the latest relevant information to you in the form of an e-mail with hyperlinks
  • saves you time with literature searches

Alert types:

  • Search alerts notify you each time a saved search renders new results
  • Author citation alerts notify you when a document by one of your selected authors is cited
  • Document (article) citation alerts notify you when one of your selected document is cited
  • Journal alerts notify you when a new issue of your favourite journal becomes available

Select a database to create a topic search or a citation alert. Library databases cover a comprehensive list of journals while publisher alerts are limited to a significantly fewer number of journals.

Create journal table of content alerts on publishers' sites. Publishers publishes new journal issues before it is indexed in a database.

What is the difference between e-mail alerts and RSS (Rich Site Summary) feeds?

Most web sites offer two options to stay up to date in your discipline: receiving updates via e-mail alerts and via RSS feeds.
  • E-mail alerts are sent to your e-mail box. You can specify how often you wish to receive them i.e. immediately, daily, weekly, etc.