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In order to stay up-to-date on the legal topics that interest you it can be helpful to use alerting services. There are many available but here are some recommendations for you to try.

Westlaw

Westlaw profileIn order to set up alerts in Westlaw you need to create a profile. When the login box appears click "Create profile" in the bottom left corner:

Once you are logged in "Alerts" will appear as an option in the top right hand bar. Click on this and then click on the "Create a New Alert" button on the left.

Lexis

Login to Lexis Library using the Raven option from the Legal Databases page on the Squire Law Library homepage. Once logged in to Lexis, click the down arrow in the top right hand corner to make a menu appear, click on "My Alerts". The current awareness screen will open up. Choose the "Create" button on the right.

You can also save a search as an alert using the bell icon on the top right.

iDiscover (the Library catalogue)

It can be useful to keep up to date on the material being added to the Cambridge University Libraries in subjects that interest you. You can run a search in iDiscover utilizing the filters to focus your requirements including narrowing your results to material held at the Squire Law Library. Save the search and then enter your email address to receive updates whenever a new book is added to the Library. Here’s a short video showing you how to do it:

Google

Google provides instructions on how to set up alerts. This can be good for keeping an eye on a law firm or a person or a place. However, if you are conducting academic research consider setting up your alerts via Google Scholar as it will search scholarly publications. Go to Google Scholar, carry out a search, and then create alert will appear as an option on the left. You will need to have a Google account.

Zetoc

Zetoc indexes over 34,000 journals. It is available for free and allows you to search across all subjects. This is very useful if your interests stray into other disciplines such as history, technology, medicine or science. There is a "Find full text" button to see if Cambridge has electronic access to the journal electronically.

Lexology

Sends daily alerts of articles and blogposts from law firms so it is aimed at people in practice but can be interesting to monitor a variety of topics. You will need to register.

FT.com

The Financial Times is widely recognised as a very authoritative news source and the University Library has an institutional subscription. Create an account on FT.com by clicking the “Sign in” link on the FT.com site. Cambridge users can enter their cam.ac.uk email address and create an account. After creating your account you can access your FT.com content via the Single Sign-On (SSO) button which will recognise you as a member of the University.

Then click into My FT (on the right beside the Financial Times banner) and chose "Contact preferences". There are various alerting and email options.

Blogs

Follow blogs written by authoritative sources such as:

These sites offer comprehensive lists of legal blogs: Delia Venables and Chambers Student.

Twitter

If you use Twitter fill your feed with informative and authoritative sources (academics, journalists, societies, government bodies, law libraries). If you don’t want to join Twitter just keep an eye on the Squire Law Library’s Twitter feed (@Squire_law) which is also embedded on the Squire Law Library’s homepage.