Creating Alerts in Ebsco Databases

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Welcome to this Information and Library Services presentation on creating alerts in EBSCO databases.

A database alert is a service which sends subscribers database updates. When you set up an alert you can choose how often you would like to receive these updates. For instance, if you are looking for information on a particular topic, you will be alerted on a periodic basis, to new materials on the topic.

You can create alerts in several of the library databases, including all ProQuest and EBSCO databases, and Web of Knowledge databases, such as Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Science Citation Index.

In this presentation you will learn how to set up alerts in EBSCO databases, such as Business Source Complete, Academic Search Complete, Education Research Complete and PsycINFO.

To set up an alert, go to any EBSCO database, and click the Sign In to My EBSCOhost link at the top right side of the search screen.

From the Sign In Screen, click on the I'm a new user link, or log in if you already have a My EBSCO account.

Next, perform a search on the topic you are interested in. For the purposes of this presentation, we will search on globalization and health care.

From the results screen, click the Search History/Alerts tab.

Check the box next to your search, then select Save Searches/Alerts.

Next, give your alert a name, and a description, click next to save search as, choose alert.

Your options include how often you would like to receive the alert, the currency of the articles included in the alert, and how long you would like to receive the alert.

To have the alert delivered to your email, select the email option, enter your email address, and a subject heading for your email alert.

After you click save you will receive a confirmation screen that contains a syndication feed that you can copy for publishing into your RSS Reader if you would prefer RSS alerts.

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