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Creating EBSCOalerts

Setting up alerts in DISCOVER and other EBSCO databases

Alerts can help you to keep on top of all the latest research. You can create a search alert, which will re-rerun searches however often you like and email you the results, or you can create a journal alert, which will email you details of the contents of the journals you specify. You need to have set up a MyEBSCO account before you can set up alerts.

  1. Sign in to your MyEBSCO account.
  2. Carry out a search.
  3. Click the 'Alert/Save/Share' button (on the blue blue beneath the search boxes).
  4. Select 'Email Alert' from the drop-down menu.
  5. The 'Create Alert' window will open.  You will need to specify how often you would like to run the search (available under the 'Frequency' drop-down menu), and provide an email address for the alert to be sent to.  The 'Advanced Settings' link at the bottom provides further options, for example, how long to run the alert for.
  6. Click 'Save Alert'.

Setting up a journal alert

  1. Sign into your MyEBSCO account.
  2. From any EBSCO database (including DISCOVER), click the 'Publications' link and find the journal you want. Click on the link for the journal.
  3. Click on 'Alert/Save/Share' and choose 'Email Alert'.
  4. Fill in your email address and choose the options you want for your journal alert. You can choose to link to the Table of Contents of the journal or to individual articles.
  5. Click 'Save Alert'.

Changing your alert settings

Sign into your MyEBSCO account and click on the Folder icon on the top right of the page. Then you will see your Search and Journal alerts from the menu on the left-hand side. Click on these to make any changes on your saved Alerts.

RSS feeds

If you use an RSS reader, you can also set up RSS feeds in the same way. Go through the same processes above, and at the bottom of the alert set up screen you will see an RSS address. You can add this address to your preferred RSS Reader.

To find out more about setting up alerts in EBSCO databases, watch these YouTube videos from the EBSCO channel on setting up search alerts and setting up journal alerts.

University of Bedfordshire

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