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Google Alerts

About Google Alerts

You can receive emails when new results for a topic show up in Google Search. For example, you can get info about news, products, or mentions of your name.

To create a general web alert, use the following steps: 

  1. Go to Google Alerts.
  2. Enter keyword terms for the topic that you would like to follow in the search box. 
  3. Click Show options to modify your alert settings for your topic: 
    • How often you get notifications
    • The types of sites you’ll see
    • Your language
    • The part of the world you want info from
    • How many results you want to see
    • What accounts get the alert

      Google Alerts

                                                                                                                                        

      Google Alert Options

  4. Click Create Alert. You will receive emails whenever Google finds matching search results.

Setting Up Alerts in Google Scholar 

You do not need a Google Account in order to create search alerts and citation alerts. You can enter any email address of your choice. If the email address isn't a Google account or doesn't match your Google account, then Google will email you a verification link, which you'll need to click in order to start receiving alerts. 

To create a search alert, search for the topic of interest, and click the envelope icon in the sidebar of the search results page, as shown below. Enter your email address, and click Create alert. Google Scholar will then periodically email you newly published papers that match your search criteria. There's a link to cancel the alert at the bottom of every notification email.

Google Scholar search results screen with the Create alert link highlighted.

Citation Alerts

To create a Google Scholar citation alert, search for the title of your article and then click on the Cited by link, as shown below. Next, click on the envelope icon in the left sidebar of the search results page. Enter your email address, and click Create alert.

Google Scholar search results screen with the "Cited by" link highlighted.

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