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Point of Care Reference Centers - Saving Search Alerts

EBSCO's Point of Care Reference Center interfaces (Nursing Reference Center, Patient Education Reference Center, Rehabilitation Reference Center) include the ability to save Search Alerts.

You can save advanced searches as alerts and have EBSCO e-mail you with any new results. You can also retrieve those alerts to perform the search immediately, instead of waiting for the alert to run. 

To save a search as an alert:

  1. From the Advanced Search Screen, click the Search History/Alerts link. 

  2. From the Search History/Alerts Screen, click Save Searches/Alerts. The Save Search/Alert Screen appears. If you have not already signed in your personal account, you will be prompted to do so.

On the Save Search/Alert screen:

  1. Enter a Name and Description for the Alert.

  2. To run the Alert against a different database, select from the Databases list. (Hold down the control key and left-click your mouse to select multiple databases.)

    Note: You might not have additional databases listed.

  3. Review your search terms in the Search strategy field. This field is not editable.

In the Save Search As area of the screen:

  1. To save the search as an Alert that can be automatically run, click the Alert radio button. The Save Alert Screen appears.

  2. To select how often the search will be run, from the Frequency drop-down list, select one:

    • Once a day (the default)
    • Once a week
    • Bi-weekly
    • Once a month
  3. To limit which articles are searched, from the Articles published within the last drop-down list, select one:

    • One month
    • Two months
    • Six months
    • One year
    • No limit (the default)
  4. In the Run Alert for field, select one:

    • One month
    • Two months
    • Six months
    • One year (the default)

In the Alert Options area of the screen:

  1. Select the Alert results format: Brief, Detailed, or Bibliographic Manager.

  2. To limit access to only the articles in sent (rather than the entire site), mark the checkbox to the left of this field.

In the E-mail Properties area of the screen:

  1. Indicate how you would like to be notified. Select one:

    • E-mail all alerts and notices (the default)
    • E-mail only creation notice
    • No e-mail (RSS only) - if you select this option, the remaining E-mail Properties are hidden. (They are not necessary for RSS.)
  2. Enter the E-mail Address. If you are entering multiple e-mail addresses, place a semicolon between each e-mail address.

    Note: If you specify multiple e-mail addresses and do not want recipients to see all e-mail addresses, mark the Hide Addresses from Recipients checkbox.

  3. In the Subject field, enter a brief explanation that will appear in the subject line of the Alert e-mail.

  4. In the Title field, enter a title for the e-mail.  This is an optional field. The default value for the Title field is: EBSCOhost Alert Notification.

  5. In the E-mail [From] address field, enter a "from" address for the e-mail. This is an optional field. The default value for this field is EPAlerts@EPNET.COM

  6. Select the E-mail Results format to use: Plain Text or HTML.

  7. In the Include in e-mail area, select the Query checkbox to have your search string included with your results. To include the alert frequency, select the Frequency checkbox.

  8. When you have finished making changes, click the Save button.