Google Scholar now includes email alerts for your search queries. This means that you can conduct your search and then have Google send you an email whenever new items, that would have been included in that search, are added to the Google Scholar database! It's a very useful research tool.
The online newsletter Resource Shelf recently published an article about using the new email alerts. Here's a brief snippet from the article that discusses how to get started:
1. For a “simple” alert, just run a Google Scholar search, click the search button, and get your results.
2. Click the “Envelope” icon (top left side of the page). Here, you can make changes, if needed, click “update” button and a sample of results using 2010 results with the modified search query appear below. When you’re set after deciding the amount you want returned, click “Create Alert.” You’re then taken to your page of “Google Scholar” Alert page. If you want to modify the alert at this point, you’ll need to click the cancel button and begin again.
3. Alerts appear to work with all three content options:
A) “Traditional” Google Scholar Content (with patents or without patents)
B) Legal Documents and Journals
The article goes on to discuss whether or not the more advanced searches in Google Scholar work with alerts, what content you will receive notifications for, and more. If you plan to use the alerts service, then I recommend reading the entire article.
Do you already use alert services for your research? If so, what are you using?