You may or may not know that you can use Google Alerts to track current issues or topics that you wish to monitor regularly. However, Google Alerts pulls from Google’s entire index which is not always useful for research questions since it can return overwhelming results that are not always scholarly.
To address this problem, Google has extended this service to Google Scholar as well. You can set up a Google Scholar Alert for any search and Google will automatically email you a digest of all new hits for your search.
To create an alert for a query, just do a search on Google Scholar as usual and click on the envelope icon which appears at the top of the search results. This will take you to a page with recent results for your query and alert options. Then, click on “Create alert.” Follow the instructions on the screen and your alert will be instantly created.