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Keep Current with your Research: Using Alerts

This guide will help you create an alert or notification when materials of interest to you have been published or added to a database, websites, new publications within parameters of previous successful searches, etc.

Databases offering alerts

Search by subject, types, or vendor.

For help saving successful searches and setting up recurring alerts based on your search, contact your subject librarian.

  1. The databases below are set to open to ISU resources even when you are not on campus--the Central Login will prompt you to enter your information when off-campus.
  2. Setting up alerts:
    1. Look for link(s) to create a free account
    2. Sometimes the links to creating alerts are under the tabs/links to 'About' or 'Contact Us'
    3. Sometimes the links are merely symbols such as an envelope for email or the RSS feed RSS feed symbol free icon
  3. Getting frustrated?
    1. Try the Databases by Vendor on the left side

Database Alerts: Benefits and Cautions


  • Subject (or topic), cited author from hundreds or thousands of journals
  • New items matching a complex subject search


  • Slower than publisher alerts
  • Usually require you to have ISU campus access
    • Off campus users prompted for Central Login