Q. How do I save searches and create search alerts in EBSCOhost and Roadrunner Search?


In order to save searches and set up search alerts in EBSCOhost and Roadrunner Search, you first must create an EBSCOhost account. For more information on creating an EBSCOhost account, please review the following FAQ:

How do I create an EBSCOhost account?

Once you have signed into your EBSCOhost account, begin conducting your searches. To view all of your search history and to begin saving searches or alerts, click on the Search History hyperlink located directly below the search boxes.

EBSCO search results screen with the Search History link highlighted.

Clicking on the Search History hyperlink will expand a table listing all of your search sessions. Check mark the box to the left of the search or searches you wish to save. Next, click on the Save Searches/Alerts hyperlink located above your search history table.

EBSCO Search History/Alerts screen with the "Save Searches/Alerts" link highlighted.

On the next screen, you will choose a name for your search or alert, you may provide a description, and you will choose to save your search as one of three options—Saved Search (Permanent), Saved Search (Temporary, 24 hours), or Alert.

EBSCO Search/Alert screenshot.

After saving your search either as a temporary or permanent search, click Save. To retrieve your saved searches, click on the Retrieve Searches hyperlink available under Search History.

EBSCO screenshot with the Retrieve Searches link highlighted.

You then may click the Retrieve Saved Search hyperlink listed under any search to rerun the search, view the details of that search, or edit the search.

You can also save searches as alerts so that you receive an email any time new results are added to the database which match your search session. To save a search as an alert, check mark the search you wish to save and again click on the Save Searches/Alerts hyperlink available within Search History. You will fill out the corresponding form and make sure to choose Alert under the Save Search As option. Once you select the Alert option, a new area of the form will expand which you must populate.

Choose the frequency of the alert—once per day, once per week, biweekly, or monthly. Next, you may select a publication date range for your search. You may opt to only see articles published within the last month, two months, six months, one year, or you can select no limit. Select how long you would like to run and receive the alert—one month, two months, six months, or one year. Choose a format for your email alerts—Brief, Detailed, or Bibliographic Manager. Under Email Properties, you most likely will want to select “Email all alerts and notices” so that you receive an email notification every time your alert is run (depending upon the frequency you selected). Provide your email address and designate a subject line for your email alerts. Lastly, choose the format for your emails—Plain Text or HTML—and click Save.

For additional information, please see the guide How to use Search Alerts.

  • Last Updated Jan 21, 2019
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