Because the tables of contents (TOCs) of many of our journals are available online, Hunter College library has revised the policy regarding the Current Journals Alert Service. Instead of photocopying TOCs for most titles, we will help you to set up your own electronic alerts (eTOCs) or RSS feeds (Really Simple Syndication), if they are available (not all journals have eTOCs or RSS feeds). For journals which do not have electronic alerts, we will continue providing hard copies of tables of contents of the most recent journal issues
For hard copies of table of contents pages or additional questions, please contact
Hunter Main Library
Lisa Finder, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-772-4186
Health Professions Library
Prof. Laura Cobus, email@example.com, 212-481-5117
Schools of Social Work and Public Health Library
Ms. Tatiana Manvelidze, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-452-7076
Important: you can set up eTOCs and RSS feeds for journals to which Hunter does not subscribe, the difference will be that you will not have links to the full texts of articles. You can read more about RSS feeds here.
The best way to find out which database/journal provider you need to set these up in is to check Hunter’s electronic journal list for the titles you are interested in.
Reasons to set up electronic alerts or RSS Feeds:
Academic Search Premier
EBSCOhost databases allow you to create an automatic email alert notification every time a new issue for a selected title is available in a specific database. The email notice will contain a list of articles available for that specific journal issue. To set up a journal alert in EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier:
American Chemical Society
Go to the ACS website http://pubs.acs.org/ On the left side bar click on the link “E-mail alerts and RSS Feeds” next to the orange icon. Here you will find detailed information about signing up for alerts and RSS feeds.
Click here for their list of journal titles. Click on the orange RSS Feed icon for detailed instructions about setting this up.
EBSCOhost EJS is a subscription service which provides free online full text access to many of our print journals. To sign up for EJS alerts, go to http://ejournals.ebsco.com/Home.asp and click on the “sign me up” link in the upper right hand corner. This will take you to the screen to sign up for My EJS. Enter your e-mail address and choose a password, then click on the “sign me up” tab. Click on the “find journals” link and enter the title of the journal for which you would like to set up an alert. Then click on the title of the journal and look for the blue “create alert” tab. Enter your e-mail address and be sure to check off “include table of contents.”
Project Muse uses RSS feeds for their alerts. For this you will need an RSS reader such as Bloglines http://www.bloglines.com. Find the journal on this list on the Project Muse website. Once you are on the journal home page, click Subscribe to RSS Feeds. Then you can copy the XML URL into your RSS reader.
In this database, you can search and save searches as alerts which will be delivered to your e-mail box at your choice of frequency. Go to the ScienceDirect website, click on “register,” which is in red and bolded. Fill in the requested information and click on “Done.” The next step is to go back to the homepage (http://www.sciencedirect.com/) and log in with your user name and password. Then put in the title of the journal in the “Search for a Title” box. When the journal title comes up, check off the box on the right side that is labeled “Alert me when new Journal Issues are available.” Then click on “Submit.” You can also search any terms in ScienceDirect within a particular journal or within the whole database, and you can save that search as an alert so that the abstracts of articles that match the search terms will be sent to your e-mail box as they become available in ScienceDirect.
In ScienceDirect you can also receive alerts if you would like to be notified whenever a particular article within the database is cited by another author. Again, you must be logged into ScienceDirect. Next, do a search so that you bring up the full text of the article. To set up a citation alert, you must click on the html version of the article, i.e. “full text and links.” On the right side, under “Actions,” you will see the link “Save as Citation Alert.” This link will take you to the citation alert form where you can name the alert, verify your e-mail address, and determine the frequency of the alert (weekly or monthly).
University of Chicago Press
You can find a list of their journals here: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/. Go to the home page of the journal you’re interested in and then click on the link Subscribe to RSS Feeds. Here you will find detailed instructions for setting up an RSS feed for TOCs of the journal.