If you have an area of interest which cuts across multiple disciplines, or where the literature is dispersed across numerous journals, a subject alert may be a good choice. It is essentially a database search which is set up to run at predetermined intervals and send you the new results.
1. Start by accessing your preferred database through the library homepage or the Library Databases sidebar to the left. Select your institution to ensure full text access.
2. Once at the Ovid interface, set up an account.. This allows you to save your search and set up your alert. This can be useful for other reasons too, for example when you want to return to a project at a later date without rewriting your search again, or to share searches between colleagues.
3. Create a search. Try to find a search broad enough to capture new material, but without too much redundant material.
eg ((reduc* or prevent* or avoid* or minimis*) adj2 fall*).ti. for articles about falls prevention.
See the Searching for topic alerts guide on how to make your search effective.
Tip. The search must be by keywords, authors or journals only. New material will not have MeSH terms added yet.
4.Save your search. When saving, choose the Autoalert option.
5. From the Actions dropdown to the right of your search history select Create Auto-Alert.
6. Select your options:
In Scheduling Options choose how you want to receive your alert – weekly, monthly, etc.
If you require any assistance setting up a subject alert contact the library at email@example.com