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Systematic and Complex Reviews

Alert services

Most databases will allow you to save a search strategy and set an alert. Alerts can take several forms, but all provide a method of updating by sending automatic alerts of new results matching a search strategy. It is generally necessary to register and create a Personal Account in each database prior to creating an Alert. Alerts can take the form of Journal and Saved Search Alerts.

Saved search alert

western shield and half female face, with clickSaved Search alerts: a search is saved in a database and set to email regular updates on any new results that match the search criteria. In order to set an alert you will generally be required to register or create an account. This video describes how to create a saved search alert in the Ovid Medline database. Instructions for setting up search alerts can be found in the help section of a database.

Journal alerts

western shield and half female face, with clickJournal Table of Contents (ToC) alerts: many online journals will provide email alerts on the table of contents for each newly published issue. It is necessary to register for a personal account in each database where you have a ToC. This video describes how to create an alert in EBSCO databases. Instructions for setting up ToC alerts can be found in the help section of a database.

Document sharing and organising

Western Sydney University offers storage for all active research projects' working data; and storage for archival data at the completion of the project. 

Read more about storage for research data

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