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Keeping up with new research

Resources and strategies to help you to stay updated with new research more easily.

What is a search alert?

A search alert automatically notifies you when new content is available that matches a search query (e.g. keyword, author, subject) you have created. Search alerts can be set up at designated intervals and can notify you via email or RSS feed. 

By subscribing to alerts you can:

  • Stay updated with current research in your field
  • Identify new areas of potential research
  • Learn about upcoming conferences
  • Save time and effort

 Most of the library's databases have a search alert feature.

  • Create a (free) account in any database in which you wish to establish search alerts.
  • Alerts will be sent via email or RSS feed. See the RSS feeds tab in this guide for more information on receiving alerts this way.

Setting up Google Scholar alerts

  • Enter your search query in Google Scholar
  • Select "create alert" underneath the search filters on the bottom left-hand side of the search results page


  • Enter your email address and select "create alert". You will receive an email notification when new results that match your search are indexed in Google Scholar

For more information on searching in Google Scholar, see the Google Scholar guide.

Google alerts

Use Google alerts to search for general news and updates on a topic of interest. Receive email notifications that match your search query.

  • Edit your search query by region, language, frequency and number of results
  • Enter your email address and select "create alert"

Setting up alerts in Peerus

Peerus is a free service that notifies you of the latest papers from your selected journals. It also notifies you when your own research has been added to their system. Register for an account to get started. See the FAQ section for more information on how this service works, or watch the video below.

Setting up search alerts in library databases

Browse the A-Z database list from the library homepage.
The EBSCO and ProQuest main menus offer a combined search of several databases owned by these vendors.


To create a search alert in an EBSCO database:

  • Run your search
  • click on the 'Share' button in top right of your search results
  • choose if you would like an email alert or an rss feed




run your search and use either the 'Save search/alert' link of the 'Create RSS feed' links in the upper right of your search results list.