Monday, June 21, 2010

Save a search in EBSCOhost

Fine-tuning a search in a database can be time-consuming and frustrating, so when you finally get it exactly right, you don't want to lose all your work!

Most databases let you create an individual account (separate from your college account that let you log in in the first place) that lets you store both the search itself and selected search results (articles.) Here's how to do it in an EBSCOhost database:
  1. Log in with your college login and password.
  2. Click the Sign In link in the upper right corner of the EBSCOhost screen.
  3. Click the Create New Account link at the far left of the green menu.
  4. Fill out all the information and click the Submit button. Then click the Continue button. Now you should be back at the search screen.
From now on, you can log into the database with your college login and then sign in with your unique EBSCOhost account. You must be signed in before you start searching in order to use the special features.

To save a search
You're signed in, so start searching as usual. When you get a search that works very well, this is the one you want to save.
  1. At the top, on the right side of the search results list you should see a link that says Alert/Save/Share. Click it.
  2. A box will pop up with a permanent link to this particular search. You can copy and paste it into an e-mail, class discussion group, or wherever you like. Clicking the link will take you right back to your entire list of search results.
  3. In the box is also a link for Create An Alert. You can put in your e-mail address, and from then on, you will get an e-mail whenever there are new results for that search (new articles on your topic in the database.)
  4. The box also has a link for Add Search to Folder. This puts the search (not its results) into your permanent folder so that the next time you log in, you can go right back to searching where you left off. To access your folder, click the little icon that looks like a manilla folder at the top right of the page.

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