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Nursing Graduate Student Library Research Guide - RUL: Keeping up to date

Information to support graduate students as they become proficient users of library resources and services

Using alerts to stay current

         Many of the health, social sciences and science databases have options to help you keep up with the current literature.  By setting up alerts, you may receive via email or RSS feed any new articles by a particular author or those on a subject of interest to you.  This is accomplished by setting up an account which you can use to save searches and then set up an alert based on the search.


           To create an account, you may click on "Sign In" which is the first tab on the dark blue toolbar to the upper right.  On the next screen, you will see the option, "Create a New Account" in the upper left corner of the Sign In box.

          When results are displayed from your search, you will see Alert/Save/Share on the right of the box.  Three options are offered; to add all results to the folder as well as the search, to create an email or RSS feed alert and to use a persistent link to the search.  When you click on "Creating an alert," you are prompted for your email address, how often you wish to receive alerts and what citation format is preferred (brief, detailed or bibliographic manager).

         To retrieve your alerts, click on Search History under the searching area and then select Retrieve Alerts.



          Since these two databases are supplied by one vendor, Ovid, “Your Workspace” is available to you in either one of them.  To create your account, click on “My Account” in the upper right corner of the search screen.

          To save a search, move your mouse to “More >>” under Actions in the Search History to display the pull down menu with save, auto-alert, and RSS.  If you have yet to log into your account, you will be directed to do so first.

          Ovid offers an additional option, “My Projects,” to account holders to create folders for organizing search results and journal articles.  You’ll notice the button on the lower right of the citation box along with Annotate for your notes.

          Help pages for the various aspects of “My Workspace” follow.

          Quick Reference Card to My Projects 

OvidSP Quick Reference Guide  (information about saved searches and auto-alerts begins on page 8)



Google Scholar

          Google Scholar provides a means for you to create alerts which does not require an account.   When you enter your search terms and receive the results, the green line which has Scholar on the left and the number of results on the right will include an envelope symbol and a link to “Create an alert.”  The next screen will cue you for the email address where you wish to receive the alerts.  A confirmation email will be sent to the address you entered.  The message will contain a check box  for you to mark so the alerts process will take place.  The following excerpt from the Google Scholar Help section has more details. 

Get email alerts for new publications


Life Sciences Librarian

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Ann Vreeland Watkins
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