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Nursing Doctoral Programs: DNP & PhD

Guide to locating research evidence and tools to support the NYU Meyers College of Nursing DNP and PhD students.

Alerting Services and Current Awareness

Advances in technology have made it easy for publishers and other information service providers to send your topics of interest directly to your e-mail in individual messages or in a collection.   Another option is to subscribe to an RSS feed for table of contents or a saved search. Look for the RSS words or symbol:   RSS icon.   If you do not see an RSS icon, look for word or phrases such as “alerts,” “e-mail alerts,” etc.

The list of services below are not intended to be comprehensive, but to provide examples of alerting services that are available:

  • from a service or aggregator
  • from a journal publisher
  • from a health sciences article database 

Publisher Table of Content Alerts

Most journal web sites offer Table of Contents (TOC) alerts. 

To set up a TOC Alert: 

  • Search for your favorite journal through the library's home page.
  • Once you are on the journal homepage, look for a link  that says something like:  "Issue Alerts,"  or  "E-Alert Sign Up." Some publishers will ask you to create a username and password, while other publishers simply ask you to provide an email address.

Alerting Services for Health Sciences

Below are some examples of contents and article alerting services from aggregators and from pre-appraised evidence sources:

Targeted Searches in Databases (Selected List)

My NCBI Alerts

Setting up alerts from PubMed: 

  1. Navigate to the "Sign in to MyNCBI" link at the top right of the PubMed homepage to sign in, or to register for a new account.
  2. Perform a search of interest for which you would like to set up an alert.
  3. Click the "Create Alert" link located below the search bar.
  4. Save the search, opt in for "alerts" if you choose,  and set the frequency and day for delivery of email results.

Create journal alert

  • Sign-in to your My NCBI account, click on the "Advanced" link below the search box in PubMed.
  • In the Add Terms to the Query box,, select "Journal" from the drop-down menu.
  • Start typing the name of the journal and select the title from list of suggestions that appear.
  • ADD to the query box, then click "Search."
  • On the results page, click the "Create Alert" link below the search box.
  • Change the name of your search if you wish and click "Save."
  • You will be asked "would you like to receive email updates?", Choose "Yes" and select the frequency, day, format and # of items to receive.  
  • Click "Save."
  • You will begin to receive emails when new citations that meet your search criteria become available.

Screen capture showing search for New England Journal of Medicine as journal title. Select button to create "alert".


Google Scholar, Search and Citation Alerts

Create search alerts

  • Run search in Google Scholar, choose any filters that you wish to apply to your search
  • Click the "Create alert" envelope icon in the left sidebar of your results page 
  • Enter your email address and choose the number of results that you would like to receive per email
  • Click "Create Alert"

Create citation alert

  • Perform a search for the article for which you wish to receive citation alerts
  • On the results page, click on the "Cited by ..." link below the article; a page with the list of articles that have cited your article will appear
  • Click on the "Create alert" envelope icon in the left sidebar of the page
  • Enter your email address and choose the number of results you would like to receive per email
  • Click "Create Alert"

Mobile Apps with Alerting Services


In addition to accessing BrowZine online, you can download the mobile app for your device.  

Read by QxMD 

This app works with NYU Library's authentication, which allows you access to NYU's subscriptions. Unlike the TOC emails you get from individual journals, these resources allow you to view the full-text of selected articles instantly.

(Note: This application does not offer all of NYU's subscribed journals) 

  1. Download the app onto your device.
  2. Login via facebook or email (it doesn't have to be your NYU email)
  3. From the landing page, go to settings (gears icon) and under Account Settings tap Institutional Access
  4. Tap "Automatic Login Using Library Login"
  5. Under proxy settings, search for New York University and select New York University Libraries.
  6. Sign in with your KID/NetID and password