For most alert services you must register, create a password and establish a profile or personal account; for others you simply provide your email address. Some alert services limit the number of searches you can save. In many databases you can define how often a search is run.
We use a number of different vendors (Ebsco, Gale, Proquest, etc.) for our databases. They each have their own way to set up a saved search. Use the tabs above to get instructions for a specific vendor. If you have problems or would like a one-on-one demonstration, you can contact me or one of the reference librarians.