Current Awareness Services

Questions about alerts? Please contact us.

Subject / Author / Citation Alert Service

Table of Contents Alerts

RSS Feeds

Daily Science News

Current Awareness Training

Guide to Alerts

Subject / Author / Citation Alert Service

Let the staff at the Scientific Library set up an alert, or current awareness search, for you. Alerts can be run daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly, depending on the resource. This service enables you to receive timely updates on the latest developments in the area of your choice. Alerts are sent to your e-mail address.

We can create alert profiles to:

  • Monitor news and journal coverage of your research area
  • Track advances in research and development
  • Uncover important technological advances
  • Stay current on biomedical and drug research
  • Identify new research opportunities
  • Track product life cycles
  • Stay abreast of regulations and legislation
  • Know when an author of interest publishes a new article
  • Monitor whom is citing your work or citations of interest
Information on databases that provide alerts

How to request an alert:

  1. Complete the electronic form and check "Yes" when asked if you want the search as an alert.
  2. A librarian will complete an initial search from the database of your choice and send the results to you to make sure that the search is finding what you want.
  3. Approve the search and specify how often you want to receive the alerts (frequency may depend upon database selected).
  4. Sit back and enjoy your alerts as they arrive in your e-mail box.

Learn more about how the Library staff can help you find what you need with Literature Searches.

Table of Contents Alerts

E-mail delivery of journal tables of contents may be generated using several resources provided by the Library:
**NOTE: Registration is usually required to receive alerts. You will need to register with each provider.

RSS Feeds

RSS, which stands for Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication, can be used to view recent updates from multiple sources in a single location. An RSS feed can be created through new results from a database search (including searches on PubMed and Scopus), and other publisher and news websites often offer RSS feeds to view updates to their content. An RSS reader allows you to organize and read updates from multiple RSS feeds.

Library staff can assist you with setting up RSS feeds based on searches from PubMed and Scopus and viewing these feeds through the RSS reader tool on Microsoft Outlook (Note: RSS feeds are not currently supported on Outlook for Macs). Contact Library staff by phone, email, or in person to request assistance with RSS feeds.

Daily Science News

The Daily Science News Service is an email service to help NCI at Frederick employees stay current with science and medical news. Library staff maintains a list of email addresses of interested NCI at Frederick employees. Each day, the Library staff sends out emails about current issues on science, health, NCI at Frederick, and the federal government to the email list. The topics are wide-ranging and come from a variety of sources. Learn how to sign up for Daily Science News.