Web of Science: Saving Your Search and Setting Alerts


Once you’ve done a search in any Web of
Science database, you can save your search history so that you can re-run your search
again later, or set up an email alert, and have Web of Science send you newly added results
to your mailbox. In order to save searches in the Web of Science,
you’ll need to register an account with us. You can do this from any page on the platform
from here, or from the search page here. Enter an email address where you’d like
your alerts sent, and then follow the prompts to create your account. You’ll only need to do this once–the next
time you come into Web of Science, simply sign in. Run a search from any database, then, from
the search results page, click the Create Alert button, and give the search a name. The email alerts box is automatically checked. The system will send an email any time a new
paper matching my search is added to the database. Specify how much bibliographic information
should be included in the alert, the data format, and frequency. You can receive emails on a daily, weekly
or monthly basis. Once saved, the alert will last for 6 months. When the alerting period is over, the system
will send an email letting you know the alert is about to expire. If you don’t renew an expiring alert, your
search will not be deleted. It will simply default to the status of OFF,
and you can turn it back on whenever you’re ready in the Saved Searches area. To modify settings on your saved searches
and alerts, go to Searches & Alerts, see all…, then edit. From here you can change email address, frequency
and alert status. If you don’t want to receive emails, simply
unmark the box, and save your search. The search history is permanently saved on
the server. You can re-run a search at any time. After navigating to Searches & Alerts find
your search and click it to open. Click “see all…” if you don’t see
the search you need in the list. Find your search and click Open. When you click Run, you’ll be taken to a
settings page, where you can restrict your search to a particular timespan and apply
other search settings available to you. Your options may look different from mine
here if you are working in a different collection, such as Medline, or if you belong to an institution
that has only purchased a portion of our available data. Pressing continue will take me to a page where
I can view the results matching my search. For more advanced search strategies, use the
Search History page to see all your current search sets, combine them together as needed
using search operators, and then save the whole set of queries for later use.

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