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Journal and Search Alerts

The Missouri State Library provides state employees with access to many electronic research databases containing articles from thousands of journals spanning multiple disciplines. 

Many of the databases provided by EBSCO, such as Academic Search Premier, Environment Complete and Business Source Premier, allow you to set up an alert system that automatically sends emails to your work email account when new content is released.

You can create alerts to email you links to new articles on chosen topics or notify you when the latest issue of your favorite journal is released. 

Alerts based on topical searches are called search alerts.  Alerts set up for specific publications are called journal alerts.

To start the process of creating a search alert, search an EBSCO database for a topic of interest, or use the Quick Search box in our Find Articles page to search across all our EBSCO databases.

If you would like to create an alert for a specific journal, use our Journal Finder to locate a database that includes your desired journal in full text, or use the Publications link in an individual EBSCO database to search for the journals available in that product. 

For instruction on creating alerts, view the journal alerts tutorial and search alerts tutorial provided by EBSCO.   Academic Search Premier is featured in these tutorials, but the instructions can be applied to most  EBSCO databases. 

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Whether for 20 minutes or 2 days, in person or via webinar, we can present on any of the class topics below, in any combination, as best suits the needs of your state government group.

Library Resources for State Employees: The Missouri State Library Reference Services Division is YOUR library—the library for state employees.  If you don’t know much about us, or if you want a refresher on the many resources and services we provide for state employees, this class is for you!  We will cover how to access our digital collections of ebooks, research articles, magazine and newspaper pieces, business profiles, legislative research tools, and much more!

Internet Search Tips: Looking for some simple and effective ways to enhance your Internet search skills?  Look no further!  Join us as we cover web and information literacy basics, explore search engine options, and introduce easy ways to modify your searches to get better results. 

Laws and Legislation with LexisNexis:  State Capital Universe, a LexisNexis database, is introduced in this class. This database allows keyword searching of bills, statutes, and regulations from all U.S. states in one convenient environment. Included in this class are explanations of search features and instructions on how to pull needed information from this database.

Navigating the Census - This class is focused on providing basic information and tools to help data seekers find needed material in the U.S. Census website. Step-by-step instructions on how to use the Census website's American Fact Finder service to retrieve data files from the 2010 Census and the Census Bureau's yearly American Community Survey are introduced.

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