Auto Alerts serve as a personalized current awareness service via email, and are particularly useful for individuals with a recurring need for information on specific topics. Databases are searched at selected time intervals, obtaining the most recent additions to the database that fit your search parameters. Auto Alert searches are a quick and effortless way to stay current on important topics.

Auto Alerts are available for many of our databases. These include:

  • MEDLINE
  • EBM Reviews: Cochrane Database, ACP Journal Club, DARE
  • Clinical Evidence
  • AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine)
  • CINAHL
  • International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA)
  • PsycINFO
  • SPORTDiscus
  • ERIC
  • PAIS
  • Scopus
  • Web of Science
  • Global Health

Himmelfarb librarians are available for consultations regarding search development and database selection. For more information please come by the Reference desk, call (202) 994-2850

Other free options

My NCBI(formerly Cubby): My NCBI saves searches and features an option to automatically update and e-mail search results from your saved searches. My NCBI includes additional features for storing an e-mail address, filtering search results and setting LinkOut, document delivery service and Outside Tool preferences.

PubMed RSS feeds: PubMed recently implemented RSS feeds for saving search parameters, providing another method in addition to My NCBI for getting automatic PubMed updates. RSS feeds are available from the "Send to" menu at the top of your search results, but you must use an RSS reader to get the updates.

My BioMed Central: My BioMed Central allows you to store saved searches and have new search results emailed to you immediately, or at regular intervals. You must sign up for a free account to save your searches. An account with My BioMed Central also allows you to manage manuscript submissions to BioMed Central journals.

Web of Knowledge: A free account with ISI Web of Knowledge allows you to save searches and have new results emailed to you weekly or monthly. You can also create a “My Cited Articles List” that will send an email alert each time an article on the list is cited in a new article.

Scopus: A free account with Scopus allows you to create automated searches with the results emailed to you. The database covers additional subject areas to Web of Science, and we would recommend you create subject auto-alerts in Medline, Web of Science, and Scopus, to maximize coverage.

Individual Journals: Many journals offer their own alerts. Check the websites for specific journals to see if they offer this service.

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