Sujet: Web Research Guide part 3: Subject-specific email alerts
De: "Elsevier, Sandra de Gelder"
Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 19:22:47 +0200 (CEST)
A: jean-michel.chapuis@univ-lr.fr

Web Research Guide part 3: Subject-specific email alerts

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Dear MR chapuis,
With new information appearing on the Web all the time, how can you be sure you stay up-to-date with the latest search results, citations and journal issues relevant to your specific subject? In this edition of the Web Research Guide we will show how to stay up-to-date by using email alert services.

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Tip of the week:
Use the ScienceDirect subject specific alert service

The ScienceDirect subject specific alert service is the easy way to keep track of the latest articles in your subject area.

Choose your subject area to get the subject specific alert list:
 

You can sign up for this free service now. Simply select your subject area and click on the ?Show Alerts? button. You will be forwarded to a subject-specific alert list to activate your alert. You will receive:

  • weekly emails with an update of the latest articles
  • direct links to the abstracts of relevant articles
  • access to the full-text of relevant articles
When you activate your alert, you will receive a confirmation email, and then a maximum of one email a week, with a complete list of the latest articles in your selected subject area. To see the full list of ScienceDirect subject specific alerts, please click here.

Advanced tip: «Citation alert»: Find research that cites a particular article

Saving you hours chasing up bibliographic data, you can use citation alerts to get regular updates of new work which cites an article you are interested in. Setting up an alert is easy, and you can do it directly from any article you are viewing on ScienceDirect.

Select a subject area from the drop down menu below. You will see a page displaying the abstract of a well-known article in your chosen subject area. Select the 'Full text + links' option in the green box on the right side of the page.

When you are viewing the full text version of an article, select the 'Cited by' option in the green box on the right side of the page. To receive an automatic email update of new articles which cite this article, select the save as a citation alert' link in the green bar underneath the bibliographic details of the article you are interested in.


 
Select a subject area, and click 'Show abstract' to see an article relevant to your subject. Follow the instructions above to set up a citation alert for this article.

Note - Access to the full text of articles depends on your institute's subscription to ScienceDirect. In order to set up a citation alert, you will need to register on ScienceDirect.

Tip: «Journal issue alert»: Email updates from your favorite journal

The journal issue alert sends you an e-mail, each time a new issue of your favorite journal is published. This includes an overview of the journal's table of contents which links directly to the full text articles on ScienceDirect. Journal issue alerts save you time, and give you instant access to the latest articles in your selected journal.

You can sign up for a journal issue alert when you are viewing a particular journal on ScienceDirect. Select the 'Alert me when new Journal Issues are available' option on the right hand side of the page, and you will automatically receive journal issue alerts of this journal via e-mail.

Select a subject area from the drop down menu below. You will see a page with a well-known journal in that subject area. Select the 'Alert me when new Journal Issues are available' option to activate the journal issue alert for this ScienceDirect journal.


Select a subject area, and click 'Show journal' to see a journal relevant to your subject. Follow the instructions above to set up a journal issue alert for this journal.

Note - You must register to create a new journal issue alert.

Tip: «Google alert»: Set up a search alert for a general web search

Google has recently launched the Beta-version of the Google alert service, which allows you to define search alerts through Google. You need to register with Google to use this service, which enables you to keep track of the latest search results for a particular topic on the Web via automatic e-mail alerts.


For more information, see Google alerts

 

Next week: Learn how to use advanced search techniques to find exactly what you need, as quickly as possible

View the summary of all topics covered in this guide, and an archive of previous emails.

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About ScienceDirect
ScienceDirect provides online access to more than 1,800 journals, representing over 4 million full-text articles. Every article is available in seamlessly linked, fully searchable html format, as well as paginated PDF. ScienceDirect also offers a range of email alerts, enabling you to set up personalized updates that automatically notify you of the latest article citations, search results and journal issues.

Find out more at
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About the Web Research Guide
The guide consists of ten weekly emails focused on specific areas of web research. Each email is illustrated with subject-specific examples so that you can start using the research tips immediately. The tips cover a broad range of topics, from finding hidden information online, to locating expert directories and setting up subject-specific alerts of the latest news. The Web Research guide includes contributions from research scientists, information professionals and search engine specialists.

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