Journal alerts allow you to set up specific search criteria about your topic in certain databases. You can then save these searches and have new information automatically sent to you when it becomes available. The information can be emailed or sent to your RSS feed reader.
A few database providers that offer Journal Alerts
What are Search Alerts?
Search alerts are a way to have important searches about your topic saved so that when new information is available, it will be automatically emailed to you or sent to your RSS feed reader. Search alerts are offered by Google and can be customized to fit your research needs.
Setting up a Google Search Alert
An RSS reader or news reader is a must-have to keep up with research. Here's a great video that explains RSS in Plain English. In counterpoint, this piece from the New York Observer offers some caveats. GoogleReader was once the king of RSS readers, but the search giant retired the service in July of 2013. Lifehacker explores some of the alternatives, including popular choice Feedly. Another popular application is netvibes, which creates a single dashboard for all your feeds, apps, and tweets and syncs across all your devices (desktop, mobile, and tablet).
Journals consist mostly of articles written by scholars and researchers, reporting in detail on their original research, and "peer reviewed" by other experts before they’re published. Most are published by professional or academic organizations, for specialists in that field.
Journals are published regularly, like magazines, but most magazine articles provide more basic information, and are written for average people (or maybe fans and hobbyists).
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