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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


Written instructions on setting up search alerts in MyJSTOR


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