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Database Search Alerts: Home

Search Alerts

  • Many resources now support Auto Alerts.
  • Auto Alerts are e-mails automatically sent to you by a database provider when criteria that you set though the database are met.
  • Some "triggers" may include a database returning new results from a saved search or a new issue or journal becoming available in a database.
  • Some databases provide many other alert options, as well.
  • To see the instructions for setting up Auto Alerts for a particular database, browse through the alphebetical list.
  • If you know the publisher of the database (i.e. Ebsco or ProQuest), click on databases by publisher. Search Alert instructions are the same for every database of a particular publisher.


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Created by:

This guide was created by Ellis Library Graduate Reference Assistants in 2010:

Amy C. Nickless, Maureen Willmann and Neil Dazet

Updated in 2014 by Olivia Whitfield and Rhonda Whithaus