Answered By: Research support team
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2024     Views: 15

It is definitely possible to set up email alerts for targeted searches in Google Scholar, as well as in most of our databases.

Some databases require you to create a personal account first, and some simply require an email address. You can usually find the "Set alert" button near the search box on the search results page.

Instructions to create Alerts in Google Scholar can be found here: https://scholar.google.com/intl/en/scholar/help.html#alerts.

While you can create an alert for any search you make in Google Scholar, it's best to set alerts with a more complex or specific query, as there's a lot of content added to Scholar on a regular basis. If you put an alert on a search for "learning technology", for example, you're likely to be inundated by irrelevant new suggestions from Scholar several times a week. On the other hand, if you put an alert for a search such as "experiential learning theory" AND "learning technology", you'll get fewer alerts but they'll (hopefully) be more relevant.

If that syntax with quotation marks and the capital AND look unfamiliar, check out this FAQ on using Boolean operators to construct complex searches.

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