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Alerts, RSS Feeds, and Social Media: Alerts

What are Alerts?

Picture of envelope Alerts keep you current with information such as newly published full-text articles and videos.  You choose your keywords and subjects and the search results are automatically delivered to your email.

Tips for Beginners

number one iconUse alerts to keep current with your specific interest, topic or subject. 

number two icon Alerts are delivered to your email as soon as resources on your topic become available.


number three iconAlerts provide access to newspapers, magazines, journals, websites, videos and more.

number four iconOnly one time setup of alerts. Quick and easy!

number five iconAlerts saves you time with research and information gathering.

Example: Google Alerts Alerts are an excellent way of monitoring information. The Alerts are like your personalized research assistant, which, once setup, identify new content published on your topic, and send it to you via email, or push it to an RSS feed reader. 

Learn more about Alerts by watching the short video, courtesy of Google News Lab. 

STEP 1: Go to the Google Alerts page:

google alerts screen shot


STEP 2: Type your keywords or phrases in the search box.

google alerts keyword search


Tip: remember to use quotation marks around any exact phrases, e.g. "climate change", to keep the words together and in the same order.

STEP 3: Customize your alert. Select frequency, type of source (news, video, etc.), language, region, and number of resources per alert. Leave your email address, and 'Create Alert'.

google alerts options

Example: Alerts from Wall Street Journal

Examples: Alerts from Article Databases

Publications from specific author(s)

Receive newly published articles by a specific author.

Cited References

Track research findings or the influence of specific authors by receiving new articles that cite that author.

Table of Contents

Receive the table of contents each time a new issue of a magazine, journal or newspaper is published

Pre-defined Search "Topic" or "Subject" or "Keywords"

Receive new results that relate to your saved search. 

Here are the instructions for the databases purchased by Seneca Libraries.You can search these databases through a Subject Guide or go directly to a specific database.

Example: Newsletter Alerts from CBC Curio Database

Educational videos from CBC and Radio-Canada: documentaries from   programs, series, news reports, archival material and more.

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