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Journal and Search Alerts for Business

Alerts are a great way to stay current with your research. This guide will help with setting up alerts with several of the large database providers.

Search Alerts

Once you have performed a search, the Create alert link is available in the following places:

  • Below the search box at the top of any search results list.
  • With any search included in your recent or saved searches lists in My Research.  

Create or modify a search alert

Both the Create alert and Modify alert popups contain the following steps and associated fields.  You need to be signed into your My Research account.

Review search details

  • Name this alert: The name can be made up of alphabetic and numeric characters, as well as spaces and special characters.
  • Searched for: Defines the search you have performed. Your alert will be based on the search you have done.
    Important to know — When you modify an alert, an Edit search query link displays alongside your Searched for terms in the Modify alert popup. You can click the link to display the search page where you created the search. Your original terms along with any limiters selected will be shown. Change your search terms and limiters, then click on Update alert to modify the search your alert is based on. 
  • Limited by: Any limiters you applied to the search will be shown here
  • Databases: Lists the databases selected when you ran your search. 

Define your alert email

  • Send to: The email address that you entered for your My Research account will be seen here. 
  • Also send to: Any additional email addresses will be seen here; you will need to separate each with a comma or semicolon. You cannot send to multiple addresses unless you are signed into My Research. 
  • Subject: Enter a subject for your message. The subject will display on the Subject line of the alert email you receive. 
  • Message:You have the option to enter a message of up to 250 characters. The message text will display in your alert email.
  • Format: Select HTML (the default), or Plain text.
    Important to know — If you change your Preferred email format preference in My Research to Text only, that setting will override the default HTML setting here.

Define your alert content

Include search details: Do you want the following information included in your alert?

  • Any name you gave the alert
  • Your search terms
  • Any limiters you applied.
  • The databases you searched 


  • Newly published documents only (This is the default) When content becomes available in ProQuest, your scheduled alert will deliver new articles and other content from currently published sources.
  • Newly added documents, including historical items — When content becomes available in ProQuest, your scheduled alert will deliver articles and other content from currently published sources, as well as from historical sources that are no longer publishing.  

Schedule your alert

Send: Specify how frequently ProQuest should run your alert.

If you choose to receive alerts weekly, you can also specify the day of the week that your alerts is sent.

Stop after: Specify when you no longer want to receive the alert.

Important to know — You will receive an alert renewal reminder when your alert is about to expire. The reminder email will present you with the same options listed above, allowing you to extend the alert. The reminder also provides you with the option to delete the alert.


Publication Alerts

After creating a My Reseach account in ProQuest, you will be able to set up journal alerts which will notify you of new journal content.  To view or modify your alerts, you will need to be signed into your account.

Follow these steps to set up a journal alert:

  • Go to the Publications link at the top of the search screen and click on this link.
  • Enter your journal name in the search box and click  Search.
  • When the results appear, locate your journal name.
  • Click on your journal's name.
  • When the information on your journal appears on the next screen, you will see the Create Alert and RSS feed buttons in the right-hand corner of the page.
  • Click on the appropriate button.
  • Set your parameters to create your alert, then click Create Alert.
  • Click RSS button to create RSS feed -- this is all you will need to do.


You will receives a confirmation email notifying you that your alert has been created.




Managing your alerts

You can view and manage all of your alerts when you are signed into your My Research account. If you don’t have an account, check out the benefits.

Click the Alerts tab at the top of your My Research page. The Alerts page displays the list of any search or publication alerts that you’ve created. By default, your alerts are listed in the order you created them, with your newest alert listed first.

You can:

  • Delete alerts — Using the checkbox at the top of the list, or the individual checkboxes beside each alert, select the alerts you wish to delete. Then click Delete selected alerts to permanently delete them. Alternatively, click the Delete link beside a  specific alert.
  • Modify alerts — Click the link beside an alert to modify the details you specified when you created the alert.
  • View latest results, or latest issue contents — Use these links to retrieve either a current search results list (for a search alert), or the current issue’s contents list (for a publication alert).
  • Extend an alert that is expiring soon — A notification displays with a listed alert that is due to expire soon. Click the extend your alert link in the notification message to select from a range of extension options.
  • Sort your alerts - By default, your alerts are listed in the order you created them, with your newest alert listed first. Use the Sort by panel on the right to sort your alerts by:
  • Date (most recent first)
  • Date (oldest first)
  • Alert name (A-Z)
  • Alert name (Z-A)


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