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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.
If you are experiencing problems with our guides, please contact Janet S. Ward,
firstname.lastname@example.org, Associate Professor and Web Services Librarian.