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Keeping up to date with research

This guide is designed to help you keep up to date with information and research in your areas of interest by automatically receiving RSS feeds and Alerts.

What is Alert?

  • Most big international databases and Google Scholar allow you to save a search if you register first. You can then have the search re-run automatically, weekly, monthly or quarterly.
  • The results of the re-run search are emailed to you as an alert. The email includes citations and links to the full text of the article (you may be prompted to enter your AUT login and password).

What is RSS?

RSS = Really Simple Syndication

A feed, also known as RSS feed, XML feed, syndicated content, or web feed, is used for frequently updated content typically published on news websites, blogs and academic journal databases.

Formats - the most common formats are RSS and Atom. You may also see the word XML (Extensible Markup Language).

Alerts v RSS Feeds






  • Most library databases and Google Scholar
  • JournalTOCs
  • Most library databases
  • JournalTOCs
  • Websites



  • Search results are emailed to you as an alert. 
  • Includes citations and links (you may be prompted to enter your AUT login and password).

  Feed Reader

  • Feeds are sent to a RSS reader which You sign up with. 




  • Search alerts (search for a topic or an author)
  • Citation alert (Scopus and Google Scholar)
  • Journal issue alters
  • Table of contents of your favorite journal
  • Search alert feeds (Search for a topic or an author)
  • Journal issue feeds
  • Journal table of contents
  • Feeds from research networks
  • updates on a website or blog or news source

Research Support Co-ordinator

Emma Chapman
9219999 ext 8672