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Communication Studies *: Journal Alerts

Research Guide for Communication Studies

Ebsco Database

  To set up a Journal Alert:
Click the Publications link in the top toolbar of the database you are using.

Locate the publication by entering the title in the Browse Publications field and clicking Browse, or use the A - Z links and left/right arrows to browse through the list of titles.

From the title's Publication Details Screen, click the Share link and select E-mail Alert. If you have not already signed in to My EBSCOhost, you will be prompted to do so.

The Save Journal Alert Screen appears. The Journal Alert name, Date Created, and Database name are automatically filled in.

In the Run Alert for field, select how long the journal alert should run:

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

Select the Results format (if including Article links): Brief, Detailed, or Bibliographic Manager.

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

In the E-mail Options section, 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)

E-mail Address - to be notified by e-mail when a new issue is available, enter your e-mail address. If you are entering multiple e-mail addresses, place a semicolon between each e-mail address.

Subject - enter a brief explanation that will appear in the subject line of the Journal Alert e-mail.

Title - you can optionally enter a title for the e-mail. The default value for the title field is: EBSCOhost Alert Notification.

E-mail [From] address - defaults to EPAlerts@EPNET.COM. You can enter a different "From" e-mail address if desired.

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

Select the Results content - indicate whether you want to include: Link to TOC page on EBSCOhost or Article links embedded within the results.

To have your search string included with your results, mark the Include query string in results checkbox.

When you have finished making changes, click Save. You will be returned to the Publication Details Screen. A message is displayed that indicates a journal alert has been set for the publication.
Not all databases offer the journal alert feature from the Publication Details Screen. In this situation, you can set up a Search Alert using the publication title as your search string.

To set up a Search Alert for a journal title:
From the Advanced Search Screen, click the Publications link.

Enter the publication name in the Browse for field.

Check the box in front of the resulting publication name and click the Search button.

Click the Search History link below the Find field.

Click the Save Searches/Alerts link.

Sign in to My EBSCOhost. If you do not have a personal account, click the I'm a new user link to set one up.

On the resulting Saved Searches/Alert Screen, click the radio button in front of Alert. Fill in the required fields, then click Save.

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