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Current Awareness Resources

Table of contents alerts

This type of alert is best when you want to see all of the articles published in a particular journal or particular set of journals. To sign up for TOC alerts for individual journal titles, visit the journal webpage and create an account. You can then set up the alerts for your chosen journals.

Examples of Life Sciences journal titles:

(Note: all require you to create a user account)

You can also sign up for TOC alerts through the journal publisher's website. Many publishers publish more than one journal, so you can receive table of contents for many journals with just one account. The links to many major biomedical journal publishers are included below.

Examples of biomedical journal publishers:

Citation alerts

Web of Science and Google Scholar can track articles, and send you alerts when they are cited by new publications. This is a great way to follow emerging scholarly exchange on topics that interest you. Before creating the alert, you will need to create an account.

Web of Science

  • In Web of Science, log in to your Web of Science Account. 
  • Locate the article that you want to track, and click on the title. Web of Science will take you to the full record page.
  • Click the "Create citation alert" button with the bell icon on the right side of the screen. You will go to the Citation Alerts Save Confirmation page.
  • Note: the alert expires in one year.

Google Scholar

  • Log in to your Google account.
  • In Google Scholar, locate the article that you want to track. (Search by placing the exact title in quotation marks.)
  • Click the "Cited by" option underneath the article. Scholar will take you to a page listing works that have cited your article.
  • Click the "Create alert" link with the envelope icon on the lower left hand side of the screen. Enter your email address, and select the number of results you wish to receive. 
  • Click "Create alert."

Subject alerts

You can receive an email alerting you to new articles that match your specific subject criteria. For general medical subjects, you can use a service called Amedeo.

For more specific searches, you can create a search in a database and have the database send you an email when new articles that match your search are included in the database. This type of alert is best when you have a very specific set of criteria or want to search across a wide range of journals. Each database works a bit differently, and you will have to sign up for an account for each one.

The following biomedical databases allow you to set up subject alerts. (The following links will take you to the help pages for each database):


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