Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II
Last Updated: Jan 09, 2018     Views: 5

There is a very simple way to set up automatic notifications or alerts. All the major bibliographic databases available through the UW Libraries allow authorized users to sign up for RSS alerts, and many individual journals allow RSS. In addition, Google search and Google Scholar can be set up to send out alerts.

RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary (depending on which techie is answering the question). There is a universal symbol that will appear on webpages to indicate that RSS is available. The symbol looks like this: 

An informative article about sending RSS feeds to an email account is available at The Chronicle of Higher Education blog.

Alerts/feeds are sent via email link or are read in an RSS reader / news aggregator. This link is to a library guide at the University of Illinois Urbana - Champagne about the available readers.

The following are links to the online help sections for the major databases available from the University of Wyoming Libraries:

Use the Help or Support Center functions of other databases to search for instructions on how to set up RSS feeds.


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