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How to Set Up Current Awareness Services in Law Databases: Westlaw Next


Some legal databases offer alerting services. Alerting services allow you to set up a profile detailing the subjects that interest you. The database will then alert you by e-mail each time new material is added which matches your interests.

RSS feeds

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. You can sign up to RSS feeds anywhere you see the RSS logo . These are updates that either 'feed' into your email inbox or into a 'feed' reader. These are usually free to set up and offer one place to collect all feeds as well as freeing up your inbox.


Create Alerts - Westlaw Next (Alerts can be set up by staff)

To access Westlaw Next, CUHK users can click on the Westlaw Next link on Westlaw Asia OR access Westlaw Next from Law Database List.

1. To create alerts on Westlaw Next, please sign in with your OnePass account.

2. Click the "Alerts" at the top right of the screen after you log into Westlaw Next.

3. Click "Create Alert" and select “WestClip” on the drop-down menu.

4. You can enter the Name of Alert and Description of the alert you want to create, and then click "Continue".

5. In Select Content category, you may find/select content by entering name of database or material in the search box or adding provided links (by clicking “ADD”).

6. If you want to remove the selected materials, you may delete them by clicking directly on the material.

7. After choosing content, you may enter search terms or keywords. You may set Sort Order or Documents No Older Than, and then click “Continue”.

8. In Customize Delivery, you may choose the content, format and detail level for your alert. You will need to fill out your email address.

9. At last, you will set up the schedule of delivering alert, and then “Save Alert”.