Skip to Main Content

The Otago LibGuides are changing! The system will undergo a major update from 17 June to 15 July. You can learn more by taking a look at our LibGuides prototype here.

Keeping up-to-date with research: What are search alerts?

Find out how to create email to new research in various research databases

What are Search Alerts?

diagram explaining what alerts are

Most research databases allow you to create alerts that will push information to you based on a search you've set up previously. This could be a search for:

  • relevant terms/keywords
  • an author name 
  • a journal specialising in your research area.

When are search alerts most useful?

Search alerts are particularly useful for those undertaking long-term research, such as a Masters or PhD thesis, and this is because the research process involves many activities (e.g. field work and data analysis) that can prevent you from keeping up-to-date with the research being published around your topic.