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How can I Save Searches

If enabled by your library administrator, you can set up a personal account that you can use to save searches, retrieve and reuse them, and print them as needed. For information on saving a search as an alert, see Saving a Search as an Alert.

To save searches:

1. Run a search and view your search results.

2. Click the Search History link, then click the Save Searches/Alerts link. The Saved Search/Alerts Screen appears. If you have not signed in to My EBSCOhost, you will be prompted to do so.  

Saving a Search

3. Enter a Name and Description for the search. (For example, mysearch1

4. In the Save Search As field, select one of the following: 

Saved Search (Permanent) 

Saved Search (Temporary 24 hours) 

Alert - If you selected Alert, additional fields are available. For more information, see “Saving a Search as an Alert.” 

5. To save the search, click Save; otherwise, click Cancel. You are returned to the Search History/Alerts Screen. 

To retrieve searches:

1. From the Search History/Alerts Screen, click Retrieve Searches.

2. If you have not already signed into your personal account, you will be prompted to do so. Enter your user name and password; or click Cancel and return to the Search Screen.

3. The Saved Searches area of your folder displays.

4. Click on the Retrieve Saved Search link for the desired search.

To print search history:

1. From the Search History/Alerts Screen, click Print Search History. A browser window appears with the search history formatted for printing. 

2. On the browser toolbar, click the Print icon. To close the browser, click the x in the top right corner of the window.

 

To save your search as an alert from the Share link:

1. Run a search and view your search results.

2. Click the Share link and select E-mail Alert from the resulting pop- up menu. The Create Alert window appears over the result list.

Create Alert Window

  1. If you have not done so already, click the Sign in link in the alert window to sign into your My EBSCOhost folder.

  2. Set your alert parameters and click Save Alert.

    Create Alert Window

Note: When you create a Search Alert, the sort selection of the result list is honored for your alert. For example, if your result list is sorted by relevancy when you create your alert, your alert will be sorted by relevancy when it is delivered. 

In the E-mail area of the window:

  1. Subject - In the Subject field, enter a brief explanation that will appear in the subject line of the Alert e-mail. 

  2. E-mail from - Defaults to: EPAlerts@EPNET.COM. You can enter a different "From" e-mail address if desired. 

  3. E-mail to - Enter your E-mail Address. If you are entering multiple e-mail addresses, place a semicolon between each e-mail address. 

  4. Hide addresses from recipients - If you select this option, the e-mail addresses you enter will be placed into the BCC (Blind Copy) field of the e-mail, rather than the "To" field. 

  5. E-mail format - Select Plain Text or HTML. 

In the General Settings area of the window:

  1. Frequency - Select how often the search will be run: 

    • Once a day (the default) 

    • Once a week 

    • Bi-weekly 

    • Once a month

  2. Results format - Select a results format for your alert. 

    • Brief

    • Detailed

    • Bibliographic Manager

  3. Articles published within the last - To limit which articles are searched, select one:

    • One month 

    • Two months 

    • Six months 

    • One year 

    • No limit (the default)

Note: To view all available alert settings, click the Advanced Search link.

To save a search as an alert from the Search Alert/History window:

  1. Run a search and view your search results.

  2. Click the Search History/Alerts link, and then click the Save Searches/Alerts link. The Save Search Alert Screen appears. If you have not already signed in your personal account, you will be prompted to do so. 

On the Save Search Alert Screen

  1. Enter a Name and Description for the Alert. 

  2. To run the Alert against a different database, select the Databases from the drop-down list. (Hold down the control key and left-click your mouse to select multiple databases.) 

  3. Search strategy - The search terms are displayed. (not editable

In the Save Search As area of the screen:

  1. To save the search as an Alert that can be automatically run, click the Alert radio button. The Save Search Alert Screen appears. 

  2. To select how often the search will be run, from the Frequency drop-down list, select one: 

    • Once a day (the default) 

    • Once a week 

    • Bi-weekly 

    • Once a month 

  1. To limit which articles are searched, from the Articles published within the last drop-down list, select one: 

    • One month 

    • Two months 

    • Six months 

    • One year 

    • No limit (the default) 

  1. In the Run Alert for field, select one:

    • One month 

    • Two months 

    • Six months 

    • One year (the default) 

In the Alert Options area of the screen:

  1. Select the Alert results format: Brief, Detailed, or Bibliographic Manager. 

  2. To limit EBSCOhost access to only the articles in alert (rather than the entire site), mark the checkbox to the left of this field. 

    Note: When this box is marked, the folder feature will not be available to users accessing articles from the alert.

In the E-mail Options area of the screen:

  1. Indicate how you would like to be notified. Select one:

    • E-mail all alerts and notices (the default) 

    • E-mail only creation notice 

    • No e-mail (RSS only) - if you select this option, the remaining E-mail Properties will be hidden (because they are not necessary for RSS). 

  1. Enter your E-mail Address. If you are entering multiple e-mail addresses, place a semicolon between each e-mail address. 

  2. Hide addresses from recipients - if you select this option, the e-mail addresses you enter will be placed into the BCC (Blind Copy) field of the e-mail, rather than the "To" field. 

  3. In the Subject field, enter a brief explanation that will appear in the subject line of the Alert e-mail. 

  4. Title - you can optionally enter a title for the e-mail. The default value for the Title field is: EBSCOhost Alert Notification

  5. E-mail [From] address - Defaults to: EPAlerts@EPNET.COM. You can enter a different "From" e-mail address if desired. 

  6. Select the E-mail format to use: Plain Text or HTML. 

  7. To have your search string included with your results, mark the Include query string in results checkbox. To include the alert frequency, mark the frequency checkbox. 

  8. When you have finished making changes, click the Save button. 

Related terms: alert, EBSCO Discovery Service, EDS

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Editing a Search Alert

To edit a search alert:

  1. From the Advanced Search Screen, click on the Search History link below the Find field. 

  2. Click the Retrieve Alerts link.

  3. Sign in to My EBSCOhost

  4. Click the Search Alerts link.

  5. Locate the alert you want to edit.

  6. Click on the Edit Alert link to access the Save Alert page.

  7. Edit the alert.

  8. Click Save.

Note: If you would like to edit the search terms or limiters/expanders of your alert, click the Edit link in the Search History box at the bottom of the alert.  

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Deleting a Search Alert

You can delete your Alert by logging in to your My EBSCOhost personal folder (once you are logged in to EBSCOhost).

To delete an alert:

  1. Click the Sign in link in the upper left corner of the screen. 

  2. Click the Folder link.

  3. Your folder contents display, with a menu located on the left-hand column. 

  4. Click Search Alerts.

  5. Mark the check box for each alert you would like to delete.

  6. Click the Delete Items button. The selected items are removed from the folder.

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Viewing a Search Alert

EBSCOhost alerts are set to display the first 100 results. If your alert produces more than 100 results, and you want to view the remaining results, there are two ways to view all results from your alerts.

Click on the persistent link in the alert email to view all available results or view them by using the Retrieve Alerts feature in EBSCOhost.

To view all results from an alert in EBSCOhost:

  1. From the Advanced Search Screen, click the Search History link. 

  2. Click the Retrieve Alerts Link. 

  3. Sign in to your personal account. 

  4. Locate the alert you want to view, and click on the date of the alert. Your search results will appear.

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Notes:

  • If you do not remember your My EBSCOhost login values, click Sign in and select either I forgot my password or I forgot my user name and password for assistance.

  • If you are receiving a search alert that someone else has set up for you, only the creator of an alert can stop the alert from being sent.

  • For additional assistance, Contact EBSCO's Technical Support Department.

What is RSS?  

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. An RSS feed, also known as a news feed, is a syndicated news feed in an XML format to which you can subscribe. All EBSCO databases and interfaces support RSS feeds for search alerts and journal alerts. RSS enabled alerts allow librarians and users to feed results from EBSCO search alerts and journal alerts into their RSS readers and aggregators, as well as their web sites. 

Why should I use a news feed reader? 

Using an RSS feed reader allows you to be alerted when new articles on the topics you're interested in are available. Many feed readers will pop up a new window when new results become available. When you are alerted of new EBSCO Search or Journal Alert results, you can click on a link that will take you directly to them.

How do I incorporate my EBSCO Search and Journal alerts with my news feed reader?

You can use RSS to be notified when your EBSCO databases have been updated with results related to your search alert or journal alert. In the E-mail Options section, select the No e-mail (RSS only) option. After you create the alert, a confirmation message will display on-screen. Be sure to copy the alert's Syndication Feed link (URI) into your newsreader.  An e-mail will also be sent when the alert is deleted. 

RSS Alert Confirmation Screen

For more information on creating alerts and RSS feeds from Ebscohost see here

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