One of the ways librarians at CMCH keep up with the latest research on media and child health is through alerting services. Alerting services, offered through many journals and databases, allow you to keep up-to-date with the latest research within specified subject areas or through journal table of contents. You do not usually need to have a subscription to the journal or database to receive alerts, although you may need one in order to view full-text content. 

Types of Alerts

  • E-mail: You can have journal table of contents, saved searches, citation alerts, and more sent to your email. 
  • RSS Feed: Many journals and databases have an RSS feed option. You must have an RSS feed aggregator installed in order to use this feature. The RSS feed works like the e-mail alert, where table of contents or searches are sent to your aggregator. An RSS feed may be more manageable for people who have many alerts set up and do not want their e-mail inbox overloaded. 

Alert Examples

  • Table of Contents (TOC): Many journals and databases offer TOC alerting services. Whenever a new issue of the journal is published you will be sent an email or your RSS feed will be updated. For example here at CMCH we subscribe to the Pediatrics' TOC alerts
  • Searches/Keywords: If you want to stay current on a specific search you have performed in a database you can sign up to have the newest articles sent to you based on your search criteria. For example every week PubMed sends us the newest articles on television, magazines, cell phones, etc. The PubMed alerting service is done through My NCBI

For more information on alerting services check out helpful guides created by the NYU Libraries  and the Virginia Tech University Libraries.  

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