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Research bytes and the Open Access Forum

Search alerts for arts, humanities and social science databases

Following on from our 'Making research information come to you' session we're rounding up some more guides and videos on how to set-up search alerts from various resources. You can find guides for Web of Science (Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences Citation Index) and Scopus in our previous blogpost.

Business Source Premier/Historical Abstracts/Art Full Text Written instructions for creating RSS search and journal alerts

Written instructions for creating an email alert


Sociological Abstracts/ASSIA/ERIC/British Education Index/MLA Written instructions for creating search alerts

Written instructions for setting up RSS feeds




JSTORWritten instructions on setting up search alerts in MyJSTOR

Journal Table of Content Alerts

Some journal homepages will have an option to set-up an email alert or have a RSS feed as a way of letting you know when a new issue is published, and what's listed in the table of contents.

However, not all journal offer this, so there are a couple of services that specialise in providing table of content alerts and RSS feeds:
Zetoc To use the alerting service form Zetoc you will need to login using the institutional login procedure.

Creating Zetoc Alerts:



Zetoc RSS Feeds:


JournalTOCSSetting up alerts:


More help on using JournalsTOCS.