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Using ‘Google Alerts’ to keep track of cases

One of the ways that we keep on top of the cases covered on this website is by using Google Alertshttps://www.google.co.uk/alerts

This is a Google service that allows you to define a term that you’re interested in, and be notified by email when new content is posted to the web that features your search term. Here’s how to use it.

  1. Go to https://www.google.co.uk/alerts.
  2. In the box at the top (where it says ‘Create an alert about...’) enter your search term. If there’s more than one word, you should put the search term inside quotation marks, i.e. “John Smith”. If you just type John Smith, you’ll get back results that include John OR Smith – not John AND Smith together.
  3. Click on Show options to reveal the drop down menu.
  4. Against How often, select how often you’d like to receive notifications. If you don’t expect may results, select As-it-happens. If you expect lots of results, you could just have a compilation of the results emailed to you once a day or once a week.
  5. Against Sources, leave it set to Automatic for the maximum number of results.
  6. Against Language, you can set the alert to come from articles only published in certain languages.
  7. For Region, you could leave it set to Any Region if you want results from all over the world. If you only want results from the United Kingdom or another area, you can select it from the list.
  8. For How many, leave it set to Only the best results and allow Google to decide the relevance. If you don’t get any results after a while, you can come back and set it to All results.
  9. Against Deliver to, you have two options. You can choose to have the results delivered to your email address, in which case you should insert it here if it doesn’t already appear. Alternatively, you can choose to deliver the results to an RSS feed. Exactly how you do that will depend on your preferred RSS reader; you can read how to do that for feedly, one of the most popular RSS readers, by clicking here.
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