Using EBSCO Business Source Complete to search across our journal collections? Are you aware that you can set up a free personal account within EBSCO which you can use to save and re-run previous searches, create search and journal alerts, and add articles to your own folder?

Your personal account, known simply as My EBSCOhost, is intended to help you organise your searches and articles whilst you’re researching your topic of interest. Sound interesting? Read on to find out how it all works!

How to set up your My EBSCOhost account

    1. Within EBSCO, click on ‘Sign in’ on the top toolbar.
  1. Click on ‘Create a new Account’ and fill in your details. You will be asked to create a username and password. This will be separate to your CCNT login details so make sure you choose one you will remember!
  2. When you have filled in the fields, click ‘Save Changes’.

You’re now set up and ready to go!

Saving articles to your My EBSCOhost folder

If you’re working on an assignment or your thesis and running a few searches in EBSCO, you might want to save articles to a folder that you can come back to at a later date.

  1. Make sure you’re signed into your My EBSCOhost account before doing any searches.
  2. Run your search as normal.
  3. To add items to your folder, click the folder icon to the right of the article title.
  4. Once you have finished adding items, you can view the contents of your folder by clicking on the open folder icon in the top toolbar.

Saving searches

Saving a previous search allows you to come back to it at a later date and re-run it, without the need to remember your search terms.

  1. Run your search as normal.
  2. From the search results page, click on the ‘Share’ icon and then on the option to add the search to the folder:

  1. Your previous searches will be displayed. Select the search you wish to save and click on the ‘Save Searches/Alerts’ link.
  2. Fill in the details of your search and click on ‘Save’.
  3. You can retrieve your saved search by clicking on the open folder icon in the top toolbar.

Creating alerts

Alerts enable you to keep on top of the latest research in your subject area. Here we take you through the two main types of alerts you can set up in EBSCO.

Search alerts

These allow you receive an automatic email notification whenever new search results become available.

    1. Run your search as normal
    2. Click on the ‘Share’ link from the search results page and select ‘E-mail Alert’.
  1. A ‘Create Alert’ pop up box will appear. Enter your email address and select how often you would like EBSCO to run the search. You can also select further alert options from the ‘Advanced Settings’ link at the bottom of the page.
  2. When you are done, click ‘Save Alert’.

Journal alerts

These allow you to receive an automatic email notification whenever a new issue of a particular journal becomes available in EBSCO.

  1. Click on ‘Publications’ at the top of the screen.
  2. To locate the journal, enter the title in the ‘Browse Publications’ box and click ‘Browse’.
  3. Find your journal and click on the RSS icon next to the journal name.

  1. The ‘Journal Alert’ pop up box will appear where you can enter your email address and choose whether you would like to receive a link to the table of contents of the journal or to individual articles.
  2. When you are done, click ‘Save Alert’.

That’s not all….

It is worth knowing that ABI/Inform also provides the option of creating a free personal account, this time called ‘My Research’. It works in exactly the same way allowing you to save articles and searches from your ABI/Inform searches, create folders, and save and manage search and publication alerts.

Any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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