Sunday, April 1, 2007

Setting up a New Publication Alert

Need to keep up with the latest published articles and news in your field of study? Now you can set up an automated search alert that will deliver search results to your e-mail on a regular basis.

Several of our database vendors have enabled this kind of feature - below are instructions for doing so in both the EBSCOhost and ProQuest suite of databases:

ProQuest Alert Service:

  1. Login to ProQuest via the library web site.
  2. Do a search and verify it contains the kinds of results you want.
  3. On the results page, click on the "Set up Alert" link above the list of results.
  4. The alert options will display in a pop up dialogue box.
  5. Fill out the fields provided and click Save.
ProQuest search alert options

EBSCOhost Alert Service:
  1. Login to EBSCOhost via the library web site.
  2. Click on "Sign-in" at the top of the default EBSCOhost page.
  3. If you haven't created an EBSCO personal account yet, click on the "I'm a new user" link and register (it's free).
  4. After successful registration/sign in, click on the Advanced Search option and do the search you want (do not use the Published Date field).
  5. Verify that the results are accurate and click on the "Search History/Alerts" tab just above the first result.
  6. Put a check mark in the left column box next to the search you want to save and click "Save Searches/Alerts."
  7. On the next page, in the "Save Search As" field, select: Alert
  8. The page will refresh and provide fields to fill out regarding alert frequency, e-mail to send it to, duration of alerts and other options. Click Save when done filling the form out.
EBSCO search history page

These other research databases also have an alert function:

  • AACE Digital Library (table of contents alerts)
  • Congressional Quarterly Weekly
  • ScienceDirect (free registration/login required)

To access any of the databases mentioned above, go to the library home page and click on "All Research Databases" in the upper left.

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