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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 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.XML
  10. To receive your alerts via email: Click Done on the Server Save Confirmation screen. To receive your search alerts via RSS: Click the XML icon on the Server Save Confirmation screen. Copy and paste the resulting URL into your RSS reader. (What is RSS?) Click Done.

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.

Saving your Search and Setting Alerts

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 XML icon and copy and paste the resulting URL into your RSS reader.

The citation alert remains active for one year, and can be renewed at any time.
To remove an alert, click on the My Citation Alerts link at the top of the page; when your alerts are displayed, click on the Modify Settings button and mark which articles you wish to remove from your alerts.

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.  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. 

Use these links to learn more about EndNote Web:

EndNote Basic overview
Direct Export
Import with a Filter
EndNote Web and Word