Review and Update
Library Session for Graduate Students in Sociology
September 25, 2003

    Shari T. Grove, Collection Services Librarian
    O'Neill Library Room 407
    617.552.4481 Voice

    September 25, 2003

Online Request Forms (adapted from Faculty Research Support  page)

The Libraries' web site offers several electronic forms which can assist researchers in acquiring materials. The following forms can be accessed by choosing the Online Requests/Forms option in the Quick Links pulldown menu on the Libraries' home page ):

To have a book rush ordered or to have a book that is designated as "in process" in Quest rush catalogued, go to Rush Ordering/Cataloging below.

E-Mail Alerts/Current Awareness Research Guide (Adapted from the Faculty Research Support page)

A number of databases (e.g. Quest , ingenta , ERIC , PsycINFO , and others) and collections of electronic journals (e.g. Cambridge University Press Journals , Oxford University Press Journals , and others) permit you to save a search profile/strategy. These are automated current awareness services that result, depending on the type of profile or strategy, in book citations, in table of contents of your chosen journals or a list of individual article citations being e-mailed directly to your e-mail box.

Particular mention may be made of Quest . Quest is Boston College Libraries' Catalog for all books, journals, CD-ROM, audio-visual materials and other cataloged items. It provides a QuestAlert feature that allows users to define a search profile.  Based on this profile, Quest automatically sends out an e-mail list of new publications that may be of interest to the user.

Another important database providing an alerts feature is ingenta .  This database provides table of contents information (over 13 million article citations) taken from over 27,000 current journals and magazines in a very diverse range of disciplines.  Journals are indexed within 24 hours of receipt.  Coverage is from late 1988 to the present and includes journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and the sciences.  The journals indexed encompass a broad range from popular to the more scholarly.

Some Useful Alerting Features in ingenta:

Research Alerts
Research alerts are a subject and author alerting service where you can create up to 25 keyword or author search alerts. You enter the keywords or author names you want to search against and, on a weekly basis, ingenta runs your searches against any new content in the system and sends you the new citations by email.

Table of Content Alerts
Sometimes known as TOC alerts, table of content alerts allow you to receive by e-mail table of contents of new issues of your chosen publications as they are available on ingenta. One may select up to 50 titles per year.