Just as Facebook and Twitter can help you keep up with the latest events in your friends and family's lives, these scholarly networking sites allow you to keep track of what other researchers are publishing and working on (as well as permit others to see what you are researching and working on).
Contains information about tools you can use to stay current on the most recent articles and content published in the area(s) or discipline(s) you are interested in:
Table of Contents alerts will automatically notify you when a new issue of a particular journal has been published as well as providing you with its table of contents. This is a great way to stay up to date with the latest content from journals relevant to your particular field of research or interest.
Many databases allow users to save their search strings to their profiles, which prevents the user from forgetting what it exactly it was that they searched before that yielded such good results. Search string alerts take this a step further by not only saving the user's search string but also by automatically sending alerts to the user when new materials are added to the collection that would be retrieved by the string. This allows the user to always have the most up to date information about materials they are researching or are interested in.