Keeping Current – Alerts

Whether you are tracking the progress of a specific case or attempting to keep abreast of developments on a particular topic,  the ability to have information ‘pushed’ to your attention is tremendously useful. The purpose of this guide is to draw your attention to some of the available tracking features for the most heavily utilized databases.

The first steps in creating an alert are to identify the appropriate source(s) for the desired information and to formulate an effective search. This may involve conducting some initial trial searches; it always involves a degree of planning and thought.

Bloomberg Law

Any search can be saved and rerun readily on Bloomberg Law. Monitor the progress of pending cases with Docket Alert or create current awareness alerts from the superb BNA Law Reports.

In Bloomberg Law, click the Set Up Alert or Create Search Alert link. Create a docket alert by clicking Track Docket. When the popup appears, name the alert and select the alert frequency. At the popup, there are additional options including selecting a search frequency of several times a day. You will receive an email notification when new documents are identified. Notifications are also stored in the Alerts Inbox.

Set up BNA Law Reports notifications by first selecting BNA Law Reports from the main page, then clicking Manage Email Notifications for BNA Law Reports. Manage alerts by clicking on Saved Searches and Alerts at the top of the screen; then click “view all”.


Automatically receive monthly notification of new search results by scrolling to the bottom of your search results and selecting Save to MyHein Search Queries. Use eTOC Alert to receive email notification when new issues of specific publications are added to HeinOnline. Select the desired publication, then click Create eTOC alert. In order to create an alert, you must have a personal HeinOnline account. Set up an account by clicking on MYHein tab and choosing Create an Account.*


Create search update alerts by selecting the Save Your Search tool on the right side of the results screen. You must first set up a personal account by selecting the My JSTOR tab at the top of the screen.*

Lexis Advance

Update saved searches, dockets and Shepard’s results. News from Law360 is also available.

In order to create an alert in Lexis Advance, you must first run a search or Shepardize a case.  Then, select the alert icon . The same method is used when creating an alert in Law 360. (To access Law 360 on Lexis Advance you must type law360 in the search box, and then click on Law 360 Legal News).


Create search update alerts by selecting Create Alert or Create RSS Feed option on the upper right side of the results screen. You can (but are not required to) set up a personal account by selecting the My Research tab at the top of the screen. Creating an account can help facilitate modifying alert parameters.*


WestlawNext breaks their alerts down to four categories: Westclip for creating a standard alert, KeyCite alerts, Docket alerts, and publication alerts to inform you when new issues of publications become available.You can also create practice area alerts with Practitioner Insights.

On WestlawNext, create and edit alerts by clicking on the link in the upper right hand corner of the main menu screen. Click on Create Alert, choose the desired type of alert and complete the outlined steps. Alternatively, create an alert to update search results by clicking on the alert icon  at the top of the results screen.

*The user must initially be on campus in order to create an individual account.