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EBSCOhost Saved Search Alerts

EBSCOhost provides the Saved Searches alert service for searches you create and save. By using their email notification, you can keep up to date with articles as they appear in EBSCOhost journals.

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Setting Up Your Saved Search Account

Choose the EBSCO database most related to your field by opening any EBSCO database, such as Academic Search Complete, from the Library's list of research databases. Click on Choose Databases. Most of these indexes will have a list of the journals they index that will indicate the database most useful to you for creating a Saved Search. Open the selected database and click on Sign in at the top of the screen. Then click on "I'm a new user" and fill in the registration form. Once set up, you should login to Sign in to add or modify Saved Searches.

To Create Saved Searches

  • Open the EBSCO database that best reflects your interests.
  • Click Sign in to logon to your EBSCOhost account.
  • Enter and run your search.
  • Click the Save Searches/Alerts link below the "Search History/Alerts" results header (see Example 1)
    • Type in a name for your search
    • To receive alerts choose the Alert checkbox next to "Save Search As"
    • To save only the search check Saved Search (Permanent) or Saved Search (Temporary, 24 hours)
    • Complete the rest of the form
    • Click Save
  • Click on Share above the search results (see example below).
    • Click on Email Alert in the dialog box.
    • Complete the required information in the Create Alert form.
    • Click Save Alert.
Example 1: Two places to initiate a Saved Search Alert from your search results page:
Screenshot for EBSCOhost search alerts

EBSCOhost will now run the Saved Search at the requested intervals and email you the results.

To Review, Modify, or Delete Saved Searches

  • Open the EBSCO database where the Saved Search was set up.
  • Click on Folder on the upper right of the screen.
  • You can then use the links at the left of the page to toggle between your Saved Searches and your Search Alerts (see Example 2):
    Example 2
    Screenshot for edit alert
  • Use the check boxes, delete button or edit alert link to make the necessary changes, making sure to save the changes where needed.

EBSCOHost Help:


For questions regarding registering or setting up Saved Searches, contact the subject librarian for your department.