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Keeping Up with the Literature

Setting up Automated Alerts

Keeping up with the vast literature of science is a huge challenge, even within your research niche. While it's no longer feasible to just visit the library and browse through new print journals, modern databases and publishing platforms make personal alerts easy to create and maintain, and you can control what you want to see. These will run searches periodically and send you the new results. It's best to keep your saved search queries fairly general because there won't be that much retrieval on a short-term frequency.


SciFinder Web of Science PubMed Reaxys
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Search Types: Topic, Author, Substance, Structure, Reaction, etc.

Frequency: Weekly or Monthly

Output: Log in and retrieve, or set preference to email with links.

Duration: 12 months (default); can be changed

Optional: Include (default) or exclude previously retrieved but updated references. (CAS updates and enhances references after initial publication.)


Frequency: Weekly or Monthly

Search Types: Keyword; Author; Citation (you can set alerts to let you know when your own papers have been cited by others!)

Output: Email

Instructions (MyNCBI)

Frequency: Daily, Weekly, Monthly

Output: Email

Most NLM and NIH databases support updates, including PubChem and PubMed Central.


Search Types: Structure, Reaction

Frequency: Monthly or when updated

Limits: Save up to 50 alerts

Output: Email with links to result


Most publishers allow you to register for email alerts or RSS feeds of new articles as they are published. Some publishers also allow you to save keyword searches and send yourself periodic e-mail alerts. Follow the instructions provided by the publisher.

If you access your alert results from off-campus, the email links to full text articles won't work unless you are first in a proxied browser session. To make it work just add this prefix to the alert URL:
reload the page, and log in with your EID and password. Make sure that email from these publishers is not marked as spam or junk in your email program.

Current Awareness Services

The Royal Society of Chemistry publishes three searchable current-awareness databases that compile graphical abstracts from selected journals:

Library Catalog

You can set up weekly email alerts for new books matching any search. Just log into your account with your UT EID and password, do a search and save it, then set up your alert. More information