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Staying Current in Your Field: Book Alerts

This guide will help you set up alerts so you can be notified what's in new issues of journals you are interested in following or what's new in a specific database on the subject you are researching.

LLU Catalog Alert

1. Log in to your My Account.

2. Click on the "New Search" in the upper right corner of the page.

3. Search for your  subject (you might want to keep it broad, 500+ results will not be unusual, it will include a lot that might not be relevant, but comprehensive coverage is preferable).

4. When your results are displayed, click the "date" after the sort by in the blue box (this puts the books with the most recent copyright date at the top of the display).

5. Click on the button marked "Save as preferred search".

5. The next time that you log in to your My Account, you can click the "Preferred Searches" button to see a list of your saved searches.

6. Click on the search link associated with any of the preferred search terms in the list to quickly execute your search.

7. You can be alerted of new materials added to the library collection which match your searches. Just check the "Mark for Email" box (while you are in the Preferred Searches" area of you account) and be sure that your patron record information includes your current email address.

Book Index with Reviews

1.  Create a My EBSCOhost Account (if you don't already have one, if you do sign into it)

2. Choose the "Book Index with Reviews" database (it should default to it if you used the above link) by clicking on the choose databases link in the center of the page.

3.  Run your search.

4.  Change the Sort by: to "date descending"

4.  Scan your results to ensure you are getting what you need, if not redesign the search strategy and repeat steps 3 & 4.

5.  Place the records in your folder and export them to "Direct Export to EndNote, ProCite, CITAVI, or Reference Manager". (You will need to import them into EndNot using the "Reference Manager" filter.

6.  Click "Back" to return to your folder, and "Back" again to return to your search.

7.  Click on the "Alert / Save / Share" just above your first displayed citation.

8.  Click on "Create an alert"

9.  Suggested settings

>Change the Subject line to what ever you want for easy identification in you inbox

>Enter the email address(es) you want it sent to

>Change the frequency to "Once a month"

>Change results format to "Bibliographic Manager"

10. Save the alert