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Journal Search & Alert Service

In many of the college databases, a searcher is able to establish a profile that permits them to:

  • Save a search that can be run at a later time.
  • Set up a Journal Alert where the table of contents of a journal is e-mailed to the searcher.

The databases that support this function are:

An EBSCO Account

  • An EBSCO Account is required to use the save search or alert features.
  • Select the Advanced Search tab located at the top of the database screen.
  • Select the Sign in to My EBSCOhost located in the upper left corner.
  • Select create a New Account or login to your existing account.

Saving a Search

  • All searches need to be executed from the Advanced Search tab in order to be saved.
  • Conduct the search
  • Experiment with various search fields to obtain a good Results set.
  • Select the Search History/Alerts tab beside the Results tab.
    • A history of all the searches is displayed.
    • Select the Save Searches/Alerts tab.
  • Assign a name to the search so that is recognizable in the future.
    • It can be further qualified by providing a description.
  • Select the frequency.
  • Complete the E-Mail Properties if the alert results are to be e-mailed. Select Save.
  • The search can now be run at any time
    • Select Retrieve Searches OR Retrieve Alerts option(s) from within the Advanced Search - Search History/Alerts tab.

Setting Up a Journal Alert

  • Select the desired journal by completing a journal title search from within the Publications tab.
  • Click Alert/Save/Share in the right hand corner of the Publications window.
  • Choose Create an Alert from the pop-up window.
  • The Journal Alert window appears
  • In the Run Alert For field, select how long the alert should run (i.e. 1, 2, 6 months or 1 year).
  • Complete the E-Mail Properties so the alert results are e-mailed.
  • Select whether the e-mail should include a link to the journal's table of contents or links to the individual articles.
  • Click Save.
  • As new issues are published, a table of contents is e-mailed.

Retrieving Searches and Alerts

  • Log into an Ebsco account
    • select the Advanced Search - Search History/Alerts tab.
    • Select either the Retrieve Searches or Retrieve Alerts option(s).
  • Folder view should display
    • Results List Items - periodical citations that have been marked during the search process can be accessed in this folder.
    • Persistent Links to Searches - Persistent linking allows a user to include links to articles within EBSCOhost databases on their own web pages.
    • Saved Searches - access/edit/delete any searches they have saved.
    • Search Alerts - access/edit/delete any search alerts they have saved.
    • Journal Alerts - access/edit/delete any Journal Alerts they have saved.
    • Web Pages - access/edit/delete any web pages they have saved.

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Updated January 23, 2014