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MICR 4321: Microbiology Capstone: Article Alerts

Guide to tools scientists use to stay current, including RSS feeds and professional blogs.

Creating RSS Feeds from databases

Searching Databases

While you're a student you never need to pay for articles. If you're searching through Google Scholar, link your UW email for access to full-text articles through the library's subscriptions. The short video below will show you how to connect Google Scholar to the UW Databases.

Table of Contents Alerts

Most databases and publishers provide the capacity to alert readers to tables of contents in new journal issues.

To create an alert in a database (such as PubMed):

  • Go to the database
  • Perform a search by the journal title (In PubMed, use Journals in My NCBI Databases)
  • Save the search in your personal folder (in PubMed, this is MyNCBI)
  • Set the frequency that you want to receive the alert via email or RSS feed

To create an alert in a publisher site:

  • Go to the journal web site
  • Look for a button that indicates receiving the Table of Contents
  • Clicking this button will require registration. Some publishers require subscription or association membership to sign up for alerts. Some journals, especially open access (freely available scholarly journals) will offer a table of content service at no charge.

Current Articles Alert Services from PubMed

PubMed allows you to search by topic and use your MyNCBI account to create an RSS feed that goes to your email or RSS feed aggregator. You can also set up an alert that will send the table of contents of specific journals.

Set up your MyNCBI account:

  • Go to PubMed
  • In the upper right hand corner of the screen, click on Sign In to NCBI
  • In the large box, click on Register for a NCBI account
  • Register for an account (free)
  • Watch these videos to see how to set up RSS alerts using MyNCBI

Saving Searches (My NCBI)