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Library & Knowledge Services: Keeping Current using Alerts

Keeping up to date within any discipline is challenging with the exponential amount of research published every day. Journal and topic alerts are an efficient and automated method of staying current with the evidence in your field. Below are suggestions on how to set up Table of Contents (eToC), topic and citation alerts through free online services. 

eTOC (Tables of Contents) Alerts

Most publishers provide free alerts for new issues and ahead-of-print articles. This method usually requires free registration with the site.

JournalTOCs Table of Contents Service

A free, online service that allows you to register for Tables of Contents alerts without having to register through the publisher's website.


Search/Topic/Citation Alerts

Google Scholar: Alerts - this quick guide from Penn Libraries shows you how to set up alerts through Google Scholar, specifically citation and search alerts. See also: Google Scholar Search Tips: Email Alerts.


PubMed - create an account to save searches and receive updates when relevant content is published. Watch this online tutorial on saving searches & setting alerts in PubMed.

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