Search alerts allow you to create an alert for a search you perform in a database. When new items that match your search terms are added to the database, you will receive an email or RSS feed notification. This can save time and help keep you up-to-date on research. Instead of going back to the database again and again to do the same search, you will get alerts about new articles that match your search.
While this page focuses on how to set up search alerts in the EBSCO and ProQuest company databases, many other databases offer the option to set up alerts. Look around the database search page for links that may say alerts, search alerts, RSS, or Save search. You may need to create a free account with the database company to access the alerts feature. If you aren’t finding a way to set up alerts in other databases, contact us through Ask a Librarian for help.
To create a search alert, you will first need to do a search in a database. Here are some things to consider before performing your search:
Here is how you can set up a search alert:
1. Once you’ve chosen your database and potential search terms, enter your search terms in the database search boxes. Include search limits, such as peer review, as appropriate.
2. Run your search. Look through the results to make sure that you are getting relevant results. You may want to experiment with search terms and searches until you are getting results that are helpful and focused.
3. Once you have a search you would like to use, locate the link to create an alert on the search results page.
4. In EBSCO databases, click the Share link to open a new box and set up your alert. The Share link is located above the search results list and to the right.
5. You can choose the email or RSS feed option once the box opens.
6. In ProQuest databases, look for the Save search/alert link to open a new box and set up your alert. The Save search/alert box is located on the right side of the search box at the top of the page, after you have run the search.
7. You can choose the email or RSS feed option once the box opens.
8. Once you’ve chosen to click either an email or RSS alert link, follow the prompts to finish setting up the alert.
Note: The Library does not have access to these accounts or passwords, so you’ll want to keep track of your account information.