There are two kinds of alerts. The search alert allows searches to be saved, run anew, and notification sent regarding updated results. The publications alert (found on the Publications search page with similar properties) notifies of the latest available issues of a favorite publication.
Simply run and refine a search, then look for the Set up alert link at the top of the results.
Below are some of the common features used in setting up alerts:
Once you are 'alerted' to the existence of a journal issue or article, search the Journal Title Database to see if the journal issue is available online or physically in the library. For journal articles not owned locally or available electronically, submit a request through ILLiad.