A search in any PubMed database can be turned into an RSS feed. Simply perform the search, then look for the RSS logo at the top of the screen. The link allow for setting the maximum number of results to display in the feed and naming the feed. Once you have set these parameters, an XML button appears. Copy the link for this button and add it to your feed reader software.
Most RSS feeds will not work through Off Campus Sign In; the links to articles and other content they provide will likely not work from off campus. The easiest way to resolve this is to install the LibX browser plugin.Once installed, you can right-click on an article page and choose to reload that page through Off Campus Sign In so you'll be recognized as a Virginia Tech user.
Any alerting service could include a citation to an article that is accessible from a different source than the feed provides or is not part of any Virginia Tech Libraries subscription. Use the Citation Linker to lookup if the article is available elsewhere (enter just the DOI digital object identifier if the feed lists it) or to get a link to request the article through interlibrary loan.
If you are not currently using a news reader, select one to maintain your collection of feeds. Popular readers:
Click on the name of the feed from the list to the left. In the top right corner of the feed page, click the Subscribe link.
Copy the link (page URL) and paste it into a news reader.