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Clinical Evidence Updates: Journal and Search Alerts

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You can set up alerts for a special topic or search string in which you are interested in many of the library's databases. Most of these require you to sign up for a personal account within the database separate from your library login. Accounts are usually available from a login or register link on the top right or left side of the database's homepage. 

You may also choose to do a search for all of the titles in a specific journal and receive alerts as those are indexed in the database. If you are interested receiving alerts about the content of each issue from a specific journal, you might also wish to check their website. Many offer the ability to sign up for emailed Table of Contents for each issue.

Search Alerts in PubMed

1)   Log in to your My NCBI account

If you already have an account, just click the “Sign in to NCBI” link in the upper right corner of PubMed and enter your credentials. If you don’t have an account, click the same link and register for a new account.

2)   Perform your search

Go to PubMed or any other NCBI database of your choice and run a search like you normally would. 

3)   Save your search and set up e-mail alerts

Under the Search box, click “Save Search”. Give your search a name, then click “Save”. On the next page, select the radio button option to e-mail the results. (Double-check the e-mail address listed on the My NCBI account to make sure it is the one you want to send the messages to.  If it isn’t, you can change it in on the My NCBI Account Preferences page.) Set up the alert schedule with your chosen frequency (daily, weekly, monthly) and date of notification.

Search Alerts in Scopus

Watch a video guide, or read the text instructions below.

1.Enter and run a search.

2. Above the Search results, click Set alert.

3. In the Name of alert field, enter a name for the alert.
Note: This field automatically displays up to 5 of the first search terms.

4. In the E-mail address field, enter the email address for alert notifications.
Note: This field automatically displays the email address entered when you first registered to use Scopus.

You can also enter email addresses of colleagues. Separate multiple email addresses with a semicolon, comma, or space, or press Enter on your keyboard. If a colleague unsubscribes from the alert, you will receive an email informing you of the action.

5. From the Frequency drop-down list, select how often you want to receive alert email notices.
For the "Every week" and "Every two weeks" options, choose the day of the week you would like to receive the alert notification. The four monthly options allow you to specify the day of the month you would like to receive the alert notification. The system honors your preference as close as possible.

6. Select either HTML or Text as the format for your alert email.

7. Select Active or Inactive as the status of your alert.
You can change this setting on the Alerts page without losing your frequency preferences. Setting an alert to Inactive status does not delete the alert.

8. Click Save to save the alert.
You will receive an email confirmation summarizing all alert preferences you have set.


Search & Journal Alerts in EBSCO

Watch video guides for Creating Search Alerts or Creating Journal Alerts in EBSCO databases (such as CINAHL), or read the text below.

Search Alerts

1. Run a search and view your search results.

2. Click the Share link on the top right of your search results, and select E-mail Alert from the resulting pop- up menu. The Create Alert window appears over the result list.

3. If you have not done so already, click the Sign in link in the alert window to sign into your My EBSCOhost folder.

4. Set your alert frequency and format parameters and click Save Alert.

Journal Alerts

1. Click the Publications link at the top of the screen. The Publications Screen displays.

2. To locate the publication, enter the title in the Browse Publications field and click Browse, or use the A - Z links and left/right arrows to browse through the list of titles. 

3. From the journal's Publication Details Screen, click the Share link on the right, and then click the E-mail Alert link.

4. The Journal Alert window appears, with the Subject and E-mail from address automatically filled in. If you have not already signed into your My EBSCOhost account, do so by clicking the Sign in link.

5. Set your alert parameters and click Save Alert.