Table of Contents Alert
A Table of Contents (TOC) alert automatically sends you the table of contents from a new journal issue. Many journals provide free tables of contents and sometimes saved search alerts to newly published content.
A search alert allows you to save a custom search within an index or database. The search will run automatically whenever the database is updated or at the interval you specify, and you will receive notification of any new material that is found.
You can select a list of articles from a database, and each time one these articles is cited in new literature within the database, you will be notified.
Alert Delivery Methods
Email is the most common form of delivery or notification for alerts.
RSS feeds are sometimes used to deliver alerts. To subscribe to an RSS feed, you will need a reader or aggregator. There are several types of aggregators ranging from My Yahoo to Bloglines. Some browsers, such as the current versions of Firefox and Safari have built in RSS feeders.