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Keeping Current with Chemistry: Home

This is a guide for NYU students, faculty, and staff to keeping up with chemistry literature and news through email and RSS alerts made available by publishers, databases, news sources, and granting agencies.

Email or RSS?

Sometimes journal/database alerts are available via email or RSS or both. What's the difference?

Email alerts will show up in your inbox, along with your other email messages. They are usually sent out periodically (on a schedule you can specify), or whenever there is new content available. 

RSS feeds deliver internet content (news headlines, blog posts, scholarly articles, etc.) to an RSS reader account, which you can create using a website such as FeedlyOld Reader, or Newsblur. RSS readers can be accessed from any computer or mobile device, and they keep your inbox free from notifications.

Overview of alerting services

Keeping current with chemistry literature and news can be a daunting task, but most online resources give you the option to have newly added content sent to you via email or RSS. This guide provides an overview of three main categories of alerts.

Journal alerts provide the table of contents (TOC) from newly published issues of specific journals, including links to the articles. These are a great way to keep up with developments in your field.

Database alerts provide citations and links to newly published articles that meet criteria that you specify:

  • Written by a specific author (so you can track your peers)
  • Cite an existing article (so you can see who cites you)
  • Include specific keywords, compounds, structures, or reactions (so you can track very specific topics)

News alerts provide helpful information from granting agencies, professional associations, and news sources. 

Note: If you are off-campus and click through to access specific article results in your email or RSS alert, the fulltext articles won't be available unless you are in a proxied browser session. You can do this by adding a proxy prefix to the URL of the page you are on, or by using the NYU proxy bookmarklet link. More information on options for off-campus access is available here.

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