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Setting up a database search alert
- Select a source that has an alert service, for example the Web of Science database or the ScienceDirect platform.
- Register or create a profile/an account: enter your email address and perhaps some personal information, and select a password.
- Understand how to query the database. For example, identify the fields that can be queried.
- Run a few queries and assess the relevance of the results.
- If necessary, modify your query.
- Set the query as an alert and configure the latter (see parameters).
- Frequency at which results are to be received (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.).
- Data received: bibliographic references, abstracts, key words, link to source, etc.
- Alert result format: short format, detailed format, bibliographic formats (Endnote), etc.
- Message format: text, html, RSS, etc.
- Expiration date
Example: setting up an alert on ScienceDirect
- Register by clicking on Register now.
- Log on using your login and password.
- Run a search: click on the "Search" tab and enter a query.
- On the Results page, click on: Save a Search Alert.
- Give the alert a name and specify its frequency.
- You can modify or delete an alert via the alert list that is accessible under the "My alerts" tab.