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Guide to using EBSCOhost databases

Saving searches and creating alerts

To save your search strategy (i.e. the combination of search terms you have used to run your search), you will need to register for a free EBSCOhost account. This will mean that you will have a record of your search strategy and also that you can come back and re-run the search at a later date.

To create an account:

  • Select Sign In at the top of the screen.
  • Select Create one now, towards the bottom of the screen and complete the online form.

To save your search strategy:

  • Select Save Searches/Alerts at the top of the search history.
  • Type a name for your search into the Name of Search/Alert box.
  • Select the relevant Save Search As option:
    • Saved Search (Permanent).
    • Saved Search (Temporary, 24 hours).
    • Alert.
  • Select Save.

Select Alert to receive an e-mail each time new items that meet your search criteria are added to the database in which you have run the search. This can help you keep up to date without having to return to the database and re-run your search to check for new results. Specify your desired options and enter your e-mail address and a subject line.

To retrieve a saved search:

  • Access the database that you used to run the search originally.
  • Sign in to your EBSCOhost account at the top of the screen.
  • Select the Folder icon at the top of the screen.
  • In the menu to the left of the screen, click on Saved Searches.
  • Select the Retrieve Saved Search link beneath the name of the search that you would like to re-run.

This video provides an introduction to creating a search alert in EBSCOhost (1 min 28 secs)