Subscribing to Table of Contents Alerts
Table of Contents alerts update a feed – or send e-mail – each time a new issue of a journal is published, and are an easy way to stay informed about current developments in law and other fields. The best source for alerts can vary, but for most legal and business periodicals, EBSCO’s Business Source Complete or Academic Search Premiere are the best tools. EBSCO has broad coverage, and alerts are available via RSS feed or e-mail and can be set up to include abstracts.
You can also download these instructions as a PDF.
- To set up an alert for a periodical you would like to be updated on, first go to Ebsco’s database list.
- Select “Title List” under “Business Source Complete.”
- Search for the periodical you would like to be updated on. If it’s not there, go back to the database list and search the title list for Academic Search Premier. If Academic Search Premier doesn’t have it either, see the sections on Washington & Lee Law and other sources for alerts.
- Click on the feed icon () next to the title of the journal.
- A popup window will appear. To receive your alerts as an RSS feed with no abstracts, simply paste the Syndication Feed URL from the popup window into your aggregator or click on it to subscribe with your browser, and you’re done.
To include abstracts or set up an e-mail alert you will need to create and sign in to a My EBSCOhost account.
- “Sign in and create a new alert” from the alert creation popup window or
- “Sign In to My EBSCOhost” in the top right corner of the browser window from any screen in EBSCOhost.
- Log in or create an account.
- Change settings for alert expiration.
- Alerts can be set to run for up to one year.
- Change alert results format.
- Detailed format is the only option that includes abstracts or summaries (where available).
- Change e-mail properties.
- Alerts can be sent as e-mails instead of or in addition to an RSS feed.
- E-mail subject line, recipient, and sender information can be customized. Multiple recipients can be entered.
- E-mail alerts can include hyperlinks either directly to each article, or to the journal issue’s table of contents.
To view or edit your current active alerts at any time, sign in to My EBSCOhost and click on “Folder” in the upper right corner, then select Journal Alerts. You can also use the Folder to track search alerts set up in EBSCO.
If neither EBSCO nor Washington & Lee offers alerts for the journal you’re interested in, you may be able to set up an alert through another database or the journal’s publisher. One way to find out what sources are available is by looking up the title in Stanford’s E-journals list. Then click on the to find out whether Stanford has access to the journal. Be sure to click on “More options” to see sources that may have table of contents information for the journal and not just those that offer the full text.
You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following sources offer alerts (RSS, e-mail, and abstract availability vary).
- Expanded Academic ASAP
- ProQuest (ABI/INFORM Global; ProQuest Research Library)
- Synergy Blackwell Journals/Wiley Interscience (limited law coverage)
- Elsevier/Science Direct (limited law coverage)
- Project Euclid (mathematics and statistics oriented journals)
- IngentaConnect (alerts notify users of publication of new issues, but not their contents)
The following sources do not offer alerts:
- LexisNexis Academic
- OCLC FirstSearch (and Index to Legal Periodicals)
- Chadwick PAO
For more information on RSS feeds, see “What is RSS? A basic tutorial introduction to RSS feeds and aggregators for non-technical people from Software Garden, Inc.”
You can view feeds in your browser, with aggregator software installed on your computer, or through an online aggregator. Popular free online aggregators include:
Each allows you to view your feeds from anywhere, flag and/or tag items for future reference, and e-mail items directly from the aggregator.