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Guide to using Proquest databases

Saving searches and creating alerts

It's a good idea to save your search to run it again at a later date and so you have a record of your search strategy. You can also set up an alert, to receive an email notification when new articles matching your search criteria are added to the database.

To save a search or to create an alert you will need a ProQuest My Research account. The link for creating a My Research account is in the person icon menu at the top right of any ProQuest page. All you need to create an account is an email address and a password.

My Research



N.B. if you do not log in to ProQuest for a period of 76 days, you will be notified by email that your My Research account will become inactive after 90 days. Simply sign in to your My Research account to keep it active.

Saving a search

Use the Save search/alert drop down menu located above your results list:

  • Select Save search from the drop down menu.
  • The Save search to My Research pop up window will appear.
  • Give your search a name and an optional descriptive note.
  • Select Save.

Your search will be saved to the Saved Searches page in My Research.

After you save a search, you’ll be able to re-run it anytime you are in ProQuest. If you do not save a search to your My Research account, you won’t be able to access or re-run it if you exit your current session.

Creating an alert

Use the Save search/alert drop down menu located above your results list:

  • Select Create alert from the drop down menu.
  • The Create Alert pop up window will appear.
  • Fill out the form to receive email alerts when new documents that match your search become available in ProQuest: 
    • Give your alert a name that will help you distinguish it from your other alerts.
    • Add additional email addresses to which you would like the alerts sent.
    • Add an optional message. 
    • Define your alert content to include search details or keyword highlighting
    • Decide if you want to include only newly published items or additional historic documents newly added to the database.
    • Schedule your alert: select a frequency (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly) and give it a duration (2 months, 6 months etc.).

Alert emails will include links to view the documents in ProQuest.