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Creating Search Alerts in Web of Science

Creating Search Alerts

  1. Enter a search query and click Search. Your alert will be based on the last search in your search history. (Search alerts cannot be set up from the All Databases tab.)
  2. From the Search Results screen, click on the Search History link.
  3. Click on the Save History/Create Alert button. 
  4. If you are not already signed in, you will be prompted to do so.
  5. Give your search a Search History Name (required).
  6. To receive your search alerts via email: Check the "Email Alerts" box and enter an email address.
  7. To receive your search alerts via RSS: Leave the "Email Alerts" box unchecked.
  8. Select an Alert Type and an Email Format and Frequency (for email alerts only).
  9. Click Save. An option to receive your alerts via RSS appears on the next screen. RSS RSS feed


  1. To receive your alerts via email: Click Close on the Save Search History screen. To receive your search alerts via RSS: Click the RSS RSS feed icon on the Save Search History screen. Choose RSS reader application. (What is RSS?) Click Subscribe Now.

Note: Saved searches alerts expire after 24 weeks, but can be renewed at any time. If an alert expires, it will still remain in your search history until you delete it.

Creating Citation Alerts

Creating Citation Alerts

Create a citation alert to be notified by email whenever a selected article has been cited in Web of Science.

  • View the Full Record of any article in Web of Science. In the right-hand sidebar look at the Times Cited link and click on Create Citation Alert button.
  • Or, citation alerts can be received via RSS in addition to your email alerts; on the Citation Alerts Save Confirmation screen, click the RSS RSS feed icon and choose RSS reader application.

The citation alert remains active for one year, and can be renewed at any time.
To remove an alert, click on the My Tools button at the top of the page and select Saved Searches & Alerts from the dropdown menu.  Select the Citation Alerts tab and mark the article you wish to remove from your alerts.  Click Delete.

EndNote Basic

Web of Science and EndNote are owned by the same company, so the Web of Science interface acts as the entry point to EndNote Basic (formerly EndNote Web).  If you already have an EndNote Basic account, you can use the same log in information as your Web of Science account, and vice versa.

**Please Note: you have access to use EndNote Basic free of charge as long as you are a registered student at UHM.  As soon as you graduate or leave the university your EndNote Basic account will be disabled. 

View this guide to learn more about EndNote Basic: