Creating an alert is a quick and easy way to stay on top of new updates in your field of research!
Alerts can be set-up in many of our databases including:
- PubMed (My NCBI)
- OVID Databases (Cochrane EBM, HAPI, MEDLINE, PsycInfo)
- Current Contents Connect, Web of Science
My NCBI allows you to save PubMed searches, re-run your saved searches, and/or receive E-mail updates of saved searches. You can also use My NCBI to save the contents of the PubMed Clipboard permanently.
My NCBI can be configured to apply personalized filters to your search results, including a filter for displaying only those items available from USUHS in electronic full text or in hard copy.
In order to get to My NCBI, click on the My NCBI link on the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
If you are a first time user, you can create an account by using the Register for an account link .
Saving a PubMed Search and Setting up E-mail Alerts
In order to add searches to My NCBI first, conduct a search in PubMed, then click the Save Search link.
You will be taken into MyNCBI to first name your search and then to set up your alert preferences. If you would like to have e-mail alerts sent to you, you can choose the frequency and format from the screen shown below. Otherwise, click on the ''No thanks" button.
You can view all of your saved searches and their scheduled run dates (if you chose to have new results emailed to you) by entering your My NCBI account. Enter your My NCBI account by clicking on your log-in name at the top right-hand section of the PubMed screen and then clicking on "My Saved Data" and scrolling to the section called "Saved Searches." This section lists all of the searches you have saved. "My Saved Data" also allows you to view items in your collections.
Saving PubMed Citations, My Collections
My NCBI can also be used to save PubMed citations, acting as a permanent Clipboard. In order to save citations to My NCBI either choose items that you have placed on the Clipboard, or choose items from your PubMed search by clicking on the items you wish to save. Go to the Save to link on the right-hand side of your search results. Choose Collections.
You can either append these items to an existing collection, or create a new collection.
Customizing My NCBI
You can choose several filters in My NCBI to customize your search screen. For example, you can add a tab that limits search results to "English", "Clinical Trials" , etc. In order to choose filters, log in to My NCBI and click on your log in name at the top right-hand section of the screen. Use the Table of Contents on the left-hand side of the screen to choose Search Filters.
First, tell MyNCBI which of its databases you wish to apply filters to: PubMed. Next, click on the Frequently Requested Filters tab at the top of the page. The filters you choose will display only when you are logged into My NCBI.
In order to use USUHS's LinkOut feature which links PubMed results to full text, you will need to log in to PubMed through the link supplied by the LRC's ER portal. Once you have set up a My NCBI account, click on the Search Filters link under the Table of Contents. Choose the Browse Filters tab, LinkOut, then Libraries. Select "Uniformed Services University - Learning Resource Center" from the list. Click on the top box to enable the USUHS tab to appear on your MyNCBI page. You may check the second box to add link-out icons.
Permanently save searches and create alerts with an OVID Personal Account. OVID Personal Accounts are available for all USU OVID databases including: ACP Journal Club, Cochrane Databases, DARE, Health and Psychosocial Instruments, MEDLINE, and PsycINFO.
Creating an OVID Personal Account
To create a personal account in an OVID database, login to one of the OVID databases.
Click on the "My Account" link located near the top of the screen.
On the Personal Account Login screen, click the link to Create a New Personal Account.
Choose and enter a Personal Account Name and an appropriate password. (The password must be 6-8 characters in length). Names and passwords are case-sensitive.
Enter your E-mail address to receive automatic updates. Click "Create" to complete the registration.
Creating an AutoAlert
Run your search in an OVID database. Expand the Search History by clicking on the arrow next to it. Next to the search you wish to save, click the "More >>" button and then click Auto Alert.
Enter a Search Name and Comment for your search and select an alert schedule.
The AutoAlert function has many options to personalize your e-mail updates:
E-Mail Address: enter one or more e-mail address(es) (separated by commas) to receive the updates.
E-Mail Results: send results in-text or as an attachment; you can include the search strategy in the update.
RSS feed: results can be delivered via RSS feed. (See directions below.)
Output Type: choose to send the e-mail in HTML or text (ASCII) format.
Report Type: enable links that will link you directly to the database results from your e-mail.
Fields: the e-mail can include citations, abstracts, or full text if available.
Scheduling Options: schedule how often you would like to receive e-mail updates.
Click the SAVE button to store your settings.
Saved Searches and AutoAlerts from other Ovid databases are all stored in a single OVID "My Account."
Follow the steps above for creating an alert. When you select RSS feed, click save.
You will return to the main page. You will see a prompt "search history saved as" and a link to the RSS feed.
Click the link and copy the URL.
Place the URL in your reader, but remove gw3.lrc.usuhs.mil from the URL before adding it to your reader.
Receiving an E-Mailed AutoAlert
The AutoAlert e-mail will include the number of citations retrieved and the database name.
Clicking the results link will link you directly into the OVID database, where you can view the article citation and abstract.
Table of Contents Alerts
Click on My Account from the main search page. Then, click on My Workspace.
Next, select My eTocs, and enter your email address.
You will see two screens, one with your active eTOC subscriptions and one with additional TOC subscriptions that are available. Use the "Add" button to move journals from the Available box into the Active box.
You have the choice of receiving a text or HTML version. Highlight the journal title you wish to receive and then click the Add Text or Add Html version.
To remove, highlight the title and click "remove".
In Current Contents Connect:
The directions for setting up Alerts using Current Contents Connect and Web of Science are the same. Although the directions provided are for Current Contents Connect, the same steps can be used to set up alerts using Web of Science.
You can receive Tables of Contents of new journal issues in your E-mail as soon as they become available.
You can create a search and have new citations E-mailed to you weekly.
Logging into Current Contents Connect:
Log into the LRCs Electronic Resources (ER) homepage.
Choose Indexes/Databases from the left-hand menu and select Current Contents Connect from the alphabetical listing, or, type Current Contents Connect in the Search Box and click on the database name.
You will be directed to the Current Contents Connect search page.
To save searches and alerts you will need to have a personal ISI account. Click on "Sign In" at the top of the page. If you have not registered with ISI, you can sign up by clicking the "Register" link. If you are already registered, sign in.
To Save Searches and Set-up an E-mail Alert:
Run your search in Current Contents Connect.
On the Results screen, click the "Search History" button on the top menu bar.
On the Search History page, click the "Save History" button. You must delete unwanted search histories. NOTE: you can combine search strategies together for a more focuses search.
You will be prompted to add your History Name and your E-mail address. You may add several emails. Use semicolons (;) to separate multiple addresses.
Select the Send me E-mail Alerts checkbox,
Select the alert type and e-mail formats you wish.
Finally, indicate how often you'd like to receive updates, either weekly or monthly. Click "Save" to save your alert.
For an RSS feed, you may click the [XML] box generated on the confirmation screen, copy the resulting URL, delete from the URL address ".lrc1.usuhs.edu" and add it to your reader
To Receive Tables of Contents E-mail Alerts:
Log into the LRCs Electronic Resources (ER) homepage.
Choose Indexes/Databases from the left-hand menu and choose Current Contents Connect from the alphabetical listing, or, type Current Contents Connect in the Search Box and click on the database name.
You will automatically be taken to the Current Contents Connect search screen.
Click My Journal List in the upper right hand corner.
If you already have an ISI account, just sign-in. If you need an account, register for one.
If this is your first time using the Journal Lists feature, you will need to create one by clicking "Add Journal."
Once signed into your account you can search for a journal title by a keyword search, browse the index, or subject.
Click on the box or boxes next to the journal titles that you would like to have Table of Contents E-mail Alerts sent to you. Then click "Submit selections." To add more journals, click "Add Journals" and repeat the process.
Table of Contents alerts stay active for one year but can renewed or canceled at anytime. You will need to log into your ISI "Journal List" account to renew subscriptions.
A Table of Contents display after clicking the hyperlink.
Your RSS reader will automatically notify you when a new issue has been added to Current Contents Connect. You do not need to renew the alert in order to continue to receive RSS feeds.
To set up an RSS feed:
Note: This feature works in Internet Explorer or Safari. Mozilla makes a bookmark RSS feed. It does not work with ER.
In the journal, Click the XML button. A new page with journal data encoded in XML will appear.
Copy the URL that appears in your browser's address bar into your RSS reader or aggregator.
To put in your RSS reader, copy the URL and remove lrc.usuhs.mil from the address and copy the new address.
Enter the address into your reader
Enter CINAHL from ER. You may either enter the database name into the Quick Title Search Bar, or click on Indexes/Databases to find it.
Log in to your EBSCO account by clicking the Sign in link at the top of the screen. If you need an account, click the option to "Create a new account" after you click the Sign In option.
Run a search in the database. When given your results, click on the Alert/Save/Share option:
On the next screen, you will be able to enter addresses to receive the alerts, set the frequency, and indicate the format desired.
To add an RSS feed to your Reader, copy the provided URL, but delete ".lrc1.usuhs.edu" from the URL provided.
Enter Embase from ER. You may either enter the database name into the Quick Title Search Bar, or click on Indexes/Databases to find it.
Log in to Embase by clicking the Log-in link at the top of the page. You may also click Register if you do not have an account.
Run a search in Embase.
From session results or saved searches, select the search you want and click the envelope icon to set up email alerts.
The email alert pop-up box opens.
Select the frequency of delivery, delivery, email addresses (you may use a semi-colon as a separator), and content format you wish. Then click to Set the email alert.
Save a search
Enter MD Consult from ER by enter the application's name into the Quick Title Search box or by clicking on Indexes/Databases on the left hand side of the screen.
Log in to your MD Consult account if you have one. Otherwise, click "Create an Account" to begin a new account.
Perform a search on MD Consult
Click on Add to my folder in the upper right hand corner
Enter a title for your search
Scheduling Saved Searches
Open My folder in the upper right hand corner. Then select Searches.
Click once on the title name
You can change the name of your search
Select a schedule of daily, weekly, or monthly from the drop down menu.
Select the method of how you would be notified.
Note: For a journal, you can use this update to receive new issues.
For further information, contact the Reference Librarian. Last Updated:09/09/2010