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How To Use Alerting Services

This guide highlights the different types of alerting services and provides links to aid in setting up alerts

IEEE Xplore Information

The IEEE Xplore platform provides access to resouces on Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Electronics.

The platform provides TOC Alert, Saved Search, Search Alert, and Annotation services.

Types of Alerts

 Table of Contents Alert

A Table of Contents (TOC) alert automatically sends you the table of contents from a new journal issue.

There are several ways to find TOC alerts for individual journals. Here are some common methods with their pros and cons:

  • Go directly to the journal's website and look for an "Alert" link. Often journals will provide the ability to subscribe to an alert service on their site. However, you may not be able to sign up for the alert without your own paid subscription or directly link to the full-text of the articles when you receive the alert.
  • Access the journal through the library catalog page for that journal. You will have free access to all the journal issues to which the Wayne State University Libraries subscribe. Accessing the journal through the library site will enable you to be recognized as a subscriber, and you will not be prompted for any payment.
  • Use an alert from a database which indexes your journal. Many of our indexes and databases will allow alerts to be set up that notify you when new content from a specific journal is added.
Search Alert

A search alert allows you to save a custom search within a database. The search will run automatically whenever the database is updated or at the interval you specify, and you will receive notification of any new material that is found.

Saved Search

Saved Searches are search queries and/or results saved by the database for future retrieval and re-searching.


The Annotation function allows you to save short annotated notes in the databases personal account, which are linked to specific citations.

NOTE: Links in some email alerts may not be fully compliant with the WSU proxy server, so you may need to retrieve the article directly by accessing the WSU licensed resource.

IEEE Xplore Tutorials

IEEE Xplore Personalization Video:

An overview of the resources available through a free IEEE personal account.

IEEE Xplore Saving Searches Video:

A step-by-step guide on saving searches and creating search alerts.