Congratulations! You're almost done with your preemption check. Now that you've finished searching for published and unpublished material on your topic, it's important to set current awareness alerts. This will help you stay informed about current news and recent publications related to your topic.
The main alert systems that you will likely use are listed here: Google Alerts, Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg. For more information about creating alerts in these systems, or for information about additional current awareness alert tools, see the "More Information" box (below).
Create an alert to receive email notifications any time Google finds new results related to your topic. The more precise your search terms are, the more relevant your alerts will be. Use quotes around phrases (ex: "White House"), and a minus sign in front of words that you want to leave out (ex: Paris -Texas).
You have several alert options in WestlawNext, including:
You can also create a customized newsletter, that contains different kinds of alerts and hyperlinks to WestlawNext for easy retrieval and review.
In Lexis Advance, an alert is a search that runs automatically and notifies you of the results at regular intervals. To create an alert:
Subscribe to news and BNA Law Reports with Bloomberg Law. From the Bloomberg home page, select "My News & Law Reports" and follow the directions for subscribing to BNA Law Reports or creating alerts for saved searches.
First, click the three menu bars located on the top left of the home page.
Then, select "News" in the menu.
Choose the "My News & Law Reports" option to customize your alerts.