Doing a literature search involves two steps. The first step is to do a comprehensive search on a specific database to find all the literature relevant to your research topic. The second step is to create an alert based on the search that you did. This will ensure that the database sends you an e-mail when new literature, based on your search, is published. This will eliminate the need to re-do searches regularly to see if something new was published.
There are three types of alerts available, but their availability depends on the functionality of the database that you are using.
Make use of this guide to set up your own customized alerts.
Various databases offer this very useful service to assist the researcher to keep up to date. In most cases you will be required to register on the database to be able to make use of this feature free of charge. Refer to the list below for information/help on how to use the alerting services available: