Creating Alerts in EbscoHost Databases

Open http://www.library.arizona.edu/search/articles/dbDetail.php?shortname=academicsearchelite in another browser window to work through this tutorial side by side.

Introduction

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an account in EbscoHost to set up alerts.   More details about EbscoHost

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial.

Set up an Account

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For the purpose of this exercise, we will start with EbscoHost’s Academic Search Complete (ASC). This multidisciplinary database includes both scholarly and popular articles.

You will have the opportunity to select disciplinary EbscoHost databases for your alerts later in this exercise.

Using the page to your right, click on Academic Search Complete.

Note: If you are off-campus you will be prompted to enter your UA NetID and password.

Set up an Account

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  • Click on the Sign In link on the highest level toolbar.
  • On the Sign In page, read the information about what you can do with a personalized account.

  • Click on the link:  Create a New Account located below the user name and password boxes.

  • Fill in the fields on the Create a New Account Screen. When you have completed the fields, click Save Changes.

    Write down your new User Name and Password!  

Choose E-Mail or RSS Feeds

You can receive notification of new publications by e-mail or RSS Feeds.

For directions in setting up alerts:

  • E-mail  - Go to the next slide.

  • RSS Feeds - Click on the Table of Contents icon Table of Contents icon located at the top of the tutorial and click RSS Feeds for Alerts 

Search Alert via E-Mail

1 of 3 The first step is to select specific disciplinary database(s) to search for your research topic.
  • Click on the Choose Databases link above the search boxes.
       Choose Databases
  • At the pop-up window, select one or more databases.
    • To learn more about the scope of the database, hover over the balloon next to the database title.

  • Click the OK button.

  • Close the pop-up window.

Search Alert via E-Mail

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Now you are ready to conduct a search and create an e-mail search alert.

  • Enter your keywords into the search box and review the search results.

  • If you are satisfied with your results, click the Share drop-down menu at the top of the search results screen on the right-hand side.
      Share Drop Down Menu

  • Select E-mail Alert from the pop-up menu. 

Search Alert via E-Mail

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The Create Alert window appears over the result list.

  • Set your alert preferences in the Create Alert window.  Note: Be sure to include your email address!

  • Click the Save Alert button.

Journal Alert via E-Mail

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You can also set up an e-mail alert to automatically notify you each time a new issue of a journal is available.  

 To set up a journal alert:

  • Click the Publications drop-down link in the blue tool bar at the top of the screen.

  • If you have selected more than one database, choose the database where your journal would most likely appear. 

    Note:
    The database you chose may not have a publications list.  In that case, choose a comparable database or Academic Search Complete.

  • Enter a journal name or keyword in the search box.

  • Select a browse option beneath the search box.

  • Click Browse button.

Journal Alert via E-Mail

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  • Click on the name of the journal to go to the Publication Details screen.

  • Click the Share drop-down menu.

  • Click the E-mail Alert link.

  • In the Journal Alert window, set your alert preferences. Note: Be sure to include your email address!

  • Click the Save Alert button.

Note:  Before your alert expires, you will receive an e-mail notification.

Review

Congratulations! You have successfully reviewed all sections of this tutorial on creating search and journal alerts in EbscoHost databases using e-mail notification.

If you would like to review any part of of this tutorial, click on the Table of Contents icon in the upper right corner.

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If you are interested in learning how to set up an RSS Feed, go to the next slide.

RSS Feeds for Alerts

All EBSCOhost databases support RSS ("Really Simple Syndication") Feeds for search alerts and journal alerts. 

There are two steps to setting up an RSS Feed.  First you need to have an RSS Reader that gathers the feeds in one place.  Second you need to subscribe to an RSS Feed.  In this case, an EbscoHost feed.

1.  I have an RSS Reader  (Use the Table of Contents to go to the section: Search Alert via RSS Feed)

2.  I don't have an RSS Reader (Go to the next slide)

Set up an RSS Reader

Options for RSS Feed Readers include using your Outlook email program or using one of the RSS readers recommended by EbscoHost

Recommended RSS Readers:  http://support.epnet.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=2837   Return to this window after setting up the feed reader account.

To use Outlook, go to the next section where you will be prompted to set up an RSS reader after creating a search alert.

Search Alert via RSS Feed

1 of 4The first step is to select specific disciplinary database(s) to search for your research topic.

To do this:

  • Click on the Choose Databases link above the search boxes.

    Choose Databases

  • At the pop-up window, select one or more databases.
  • To learn more about the scope of the database, hover over the balloon next to the database title.
  • Click the OK button.

  • Close the pop-up window.

Search Alert via RSS Feed

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Now you are ready to conduct a search and create search alert via an RSS Feed.

  • Enter your keywords into the search box and review the search results.

  • If you are satisfied with your results, click the Share drop-down menu at the top of the search results screen on the right-hand side.

    Share Drop Down Menu

Search Alert via RSS Feed

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In the Share pop-up window, click on the RSS Feed icon.


RSS Feed Icon

 

In the pop-up window, copy the RSS feed URL.

RSS Feed URL


Click on the Save Alert button

Search Alert via RSS Feed

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  • Go to your RSS Feed Reader and paste the EbscoHost RSS feed URL.

  • If you are using Outlook:
    • Go to your Outlook e-mail program.

    • Below the Inbox list of folders, locate the RSS Feeds folder.

    • Right-click on the RSS Feeds folder.

    • Select Add a New RSS Feed.

    • In the New RSS Feed dialog box, paste the URL of the EbscoHost RSS Feed.

      Outlook RSS Feed

    • Click Add

  • Respond to the feed reader's prompts to finish setting up your feed.

Journal Alert via RSS Feed

1 of 2You can also set up an RSS Feed to automatically notify you each time a new issue of a journal is available.

To set up a journal alert:

  • Click the Publications link in the blue tool bar at the top of the screen.

  • If you have selected more than one database, choose the database where your journal would most likely be indexed.

    Note: The database you chose may not have a publications list. In that case, choose a comparable database or Academic Search Complete.

  • Enter a journal name or keyword in the search box.

  • Select a browse option beneath the search box.

  • Click Browse button.

Journal Alert via RSS Feed

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  • Click on the name of the journal to go to the Publication Details screen.
  • Click the Share drop-down menu.
  • Click the RSS Feed link.
  • In the pop-up window, copy the RSS Feed URL.

  • Click on the Save Alert button

  • Go to your RSS Feed Reader, including the Outlook RSS Reader and paste the RSS feed URL.

  • Respond to the feed reader's prompts to finish setting up your feed.

 

Review

Congratulations!  You have successfully reviewed all sections of this tutorial on creating search and journal alerts in EbscoHost databases using RSS Feeds.

If you would like to review any part of of this tutorial, click on the Table of Contents icon in the upper right corner.

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