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Alerting Services: Table of Contents, Saved Search, Citation Alerts, & RSS Feeds: About Alerts

Staying Current with Alerts

Many databases and journals use e-mail alerts and RSS feeds to inform users of new content. With most all alerting services, it is necessary to set up a personal account.  There are a number of different types of alerts you can create in order to stay informed:

  • Table of Contents Alerts - Receive notifications when a new issue of a specific journal has been published.
  • Saved Search Alerts - Construct a search within a resource, save the search strategy, and receive email notifications when new items are added to that resource that match your saved search. Search alerts do not save records; only the search statement. 
  • Citation Alerts - Receive notifications a specific journal article is cited.
  • New Book Published Alerts -  Many publishers, book sellers, and ebook aggregator sites offer alert options.
  • RSS Feeds - Many news sites and journal publishers syndicate their content as RSS Feeds.


BrowZine - Penn Journals

BrowZine provides an easy browsing option for discovering Penn Libraries scholarly journal content. BrowZine pulls together articles from library subscription databases, joins them into complete issues, and displays them in a “newsstand” view.

Use the web version of Browzine or download the BrowZine app.  Then, to connect, select University of Pennsylvania from the drop down list and enter your PennKey credentials when prompted.  Learn more


Off Campus Access

Alerts with links to some databases and resources may not work if accessed off campus or they lack PennText links. To obtain access without having to go back to the Penn Libraries web site:

  • After following a link to an individual article, our proxy bookmark will allow you to enter your Pennkey and gain access.
  • With PubMed add ?otool=upennlib at the end of the URL of a citation to see PennText links.

Alerts for ScholarlyCommons

serves as the repository for the scholarly output of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.  See Notify me of new papers.

Questions about Alerting Services:

For individual contact persons see:  Subject Area Library Liaisons