Many databases allow you to set up automated emails to notify you when new content fitting your alert parameters is added to the database. This could be a new issue of a particular journal, new results for a saved search, new citations of a given article, or new work by a particular author.
Below you'll find tutorials related to specific databases/platforms, but the process is broadly similar on all of them.
EBSCO is a platform used by over 80 databases (including Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, MLA International Bibliography, and Social Work Abstracts) with content including scholarly and trade articles, newspapers, and ebooks. An ESBCOhost account allows you to set up alerts for single or multiple simultaneous databases, customized to your search specifications.
IEEE Xplore covers Electrical and Electronics Engineering and related fields, and includes content such as scholarly journals, trade publications, technical papers, standards, ebooks, and conference publications.
PubMed, an effort of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), is a publicly-accessible database of scholarly materials in the health sciences and related fields. PubMed@Wayne, accessible through the library's website, provides additional access options based on the library's subscriptions.
Web of Science focuses on materials in the Sciences and Social Sciences, and consists primarily of scholarly journals and conference proceedings. It has a special focus on tracking citations and providing that information to subscribers.
To set up an alert for any Google Scholar search:
You will now receive emails to the indicated account whenever new items appear in the results of that search.
To set up an alert for new items citing a particular article:
You will now receive emails to the indicated account whenever a new item appears which cites that article.
In order to create an author alert, that author must have created a Google Scholar account (if an author has a Google Scholar account, you will be able to click on their name when it appears in search results).
To set up an alert for new works by or citations to a particular author:
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You will now receive emails to the indicated account whenever one of the indicated events occurs.