How do I set up an alert in Discover?

An alert is a notification service that will send you an email when some new research has been identified that matches your search criteria. This is useful for keeping track of the latest research on your topic. You can set up alerts on most databases. To do it in Discover:

  1. You will need to set up a My EBSCOhost account. If you haven't already got one, there are instructions on the How do I save my search results FAQ
  2. Once you are logged in (you will see your name in the top right of the screen so you will know), search for your sources in the normal way and make any refinements you need such as date range or source type in the left-hand menu
  3. On the results page, click on Search History underneath the search box. You will then see a Save Searches / Alerts option which you can click on
  4. Give your search a name and a description if you wish and select the Alert option
  5. You can now choose how often you would like to be alerted of new research, how long you want the alerts to run, how detailed the results should be, and other options
  6. Add your email address and a meaningful subject so that you know which alert has arrived in your inbox, and click on Save then Continue

You can set up multiple alerts for different topics or different search criteria. You can edit, retrieve or delete any alerts by signing into your My EBSCOhost account and then choosing the Search Alerts section. 

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