Sullivan Family Library | Ebsco Search Alert

Create a Search Alert in EBSCOhost and RSS feeds

You can create a Search Alert that emails a report of new information associated with your saved search. Once you have created a Search Alert, the process of running it at specific intervals and delivering the new results via email is handled automatically.


  1. From Search for > Databases by Title on the left sidebar.
  2. Select an EBSCOhost database. (See list of EBSCOhost databases that support Search Alerts.)
  3. Access from off campus requires a login and password.

Save Search as Alert

  1. In the EBSCOhost search screen, create a search that you would like to run periodically by entering search terms in the Find box. Click Search. You can also use a Saved Search.
  2. Click the Search History/Alerts tab.
  3. Click Save Searches/Alerts. If you have not already signed in to My EBSCOhost, you will be prompted to do so.
  4. In the Saved Search/Alert screen, click the Alert radio button under Save Search As.
  5. Enter a Name and Description for the Alert.
  6. Select how often the search will be run from the Frequency drop-down menu (e.g., daily, weekly, monthly).
  7. Select how long the search will run in the Run Alert for drop-down menu (up to one year).
  8. In the E-mail Properties section, indicate how you would like to be notified. Enter your email address.
  9. Title - you can optionally enter a title.
  10. E-mail [From] address - you can enter a different "From" e-mail address if desired.
  11. Select the E-mail format to use: Plain Text or HTML.
  12. To have your search string included with your results, mark the Query checkbox under Include in email. To include the alert frequency, mark the Frequency checkbox.
  13. When you have finished making changes, click Save.

List of EBSCOhost databases that support Alerts:

  • Academic Search Premier
  • Business Source Premier
  • Health Source:Nursing/Academic Edition
  • MAS Ultra - School Edition
  • MasterFILE Premier
  • Military & Government Collection
  • Professional Development Collection
  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
  • Religion & Philosophy Collection

Delete a Search Alert

  1. To delete a Search Alert, sign in to My EBSCOhost.
  2. Click on your folder.
  3. From the menu located on the left-hand column, click Search Alerts.
  4. Click the X to the right of the search you would like to delete.

Create RSS feeds for EBSCO Search Alerts

EBSCO has added RSS feed capabilites to its Search Alert feature.

  1. While in EBSCO, click on the New Features! link in red at the top of the page.A list of Ebsco's new features will appear.
  2. Scroll down to One Step Alerts and check the box This will enable RSS feeds for the current search session.You can now instigate a search.
  3. When the search results appear, an orange RSS icon will appear above the Find box, with "create alert for this search".
  4. Click on that link and the RSS feed will be enabled. More information and definition of RSS feeds.

Contact the librarians for help with Search Alerts.