Science.gov offers new alert service

02/16/05

DOE and other federal science agencies help public stay "alert" to the latest R&D results with Science.gov Alert Service

Now the latest research results from the U.S. Department of Energy and 11 other Federal science agencies can be delivered to desktops through the new patron-customized Science.gov Alert Service.

Science.gov, the public's "go to" Web portal for federal science information, now provides a free and convenient science Alert Service that will send alerts to patrons' desktops on their specified topics of interest. The Science.gov Alert Service, to be launched at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Feb. 17-21, 2005) in Washington, D.C., provides weekly emails to science consumers across the nation.

From the Science.gov homepage, patrons can set up an account, and then let Science.gov do their searching for them. Each Monday, up to 25 relevant results from selected science sources will be sent to the patron's email. The results are displayed in the email alert, as well as in each patron's personalized Alert Archive, which stores six weeks of alerts results. From this archive, past results can be reviewed and the Alert Profile can be edited.

Patrons can choose specific databases and Web sites to search, or select the "All Sources" option. Science.gov drills down into hard-to-find research collections, spanning more than 47 million pages of government R&D results, and presents the results in relevancy ranked order. More than 1,700 government information resources and 30 databases on a wide variety of scientific topics are available all in one place and with just one search tool.

Since its launch in 2002, Science.gov has been a one-stop gateway to reliable federal science and technology information, allowing individuals to search for information based on subject, rather than by government agency.

Science.gov, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information, is made possible through the collaboration of the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services and the Interior, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Government Printing Office, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation, with support from the National Archives and Records Administration.

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