Alerts and RSS Feeds

What is an Alert?

An alert is a time saving tool that makes you aware that a new book, article or other publication of interest has been made available, eliminating the need for constant monitoring of numerous journals or databases. Alerts can be for full articles, tables of contents or even new results matching a previously saved search. Alerts can be sent via email or may be accessed via an RSS feed in an aggregator. Live Wire explores the usefulness of RSS and offers suggestions for aggregators. It also gives step by step instructions for how to set up an RSS feed. Some of the more popular RSS resaders include Feedly, DiggReader and Newsblur. A comparison of a number of readers can be found here so you can choose one that best suits your needs. The video below has been around for a while but still provides a helpful explanation of how everything fits together.

General alerts

The Library offers alerts for new books. These can be ordered by date or by subject. Many of our databases have RSS feeds for the individual journals contained therein. Depending on the database you might need to create an account to utilise this feature. On the other hand you might want to try Journal ToCswhich offers tables of contents from a multitude of publishers, it even includes TOC details for our very own Waikato Law Review. Google Scholar will allow you to set up email search alerts so that when your current search has new matching hits you'll get an email to that effect.

Law related alerts

  • CCH Current Awareness feeds - updates various areas of law covered by the CCH database.
  • New Zealand Legislation's feed - alerts subscribers to new or updated legislation and information.
  • Parliamentary website alerts - get information about updates to the Parliamentary website via email.
  • Lexis Advance also offers the ability to create search alerts, making it easier to keep track of new resources that match your search criteria. Library Search will allow you to create an alert from a given search. This is especially useful if you are in the midst of a long-runing project such as a thesis and need to keep appraised of more literature as it appears.