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Life Sciences Subject Guide

Learn about key library resources for studying life sciences

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar can be used for creating email alerts. Carry out your search and click on 'Create Alert' to receive an email every time a new result is added.

Search Alerts

You can use a database alerting service to save a search as an alert. The alert automatically searches the database for the latest records matching your saved searches. The database will then send you updated relevant results by e-mail or RSS feed. 

Although different databases will have different procedures for setting up search alerts, the general principles are same. Alerts are usually set up from a database Search History or equivalent. 

  1. Conduct a search using relevant search term/s and limits

  2. Save the search as an alert. You will be prompted to sign-in or register (see box above)

  3. Name the alert and select alert option (e.g. email alert)

  4. Choose alert notification frequency (e.g. receive weekly or monthly alerts)

Most database providers have helpful step-by-step instructions for saving searches and setting up search alerts. These include: