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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

PubMed Information

The PubMed@Wayne platform provides access to resources on Medicine and the Life Sciences.

The platform provides TOC Alert (through saved search feature), Search Alert (in both Email or RSS formats), Saved Search, and RSS Feed 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.

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.

PubMed Tutorials

My NCBI Home Page Video:

An overview of the services available through a free My NCBI account.


Saving Searches and Setting Email Alerts Video:

A step-by-step guide to saving searches and setting up email alerts through My NCBI.