Keeping Up with the Literature

NLM Databases/My NCBI

1.    From the HSL website, select "PubMed" from the "Top Resources" section of the homepage.

2.    Click on "My NCBI."

3.    Set up an My NCBI account.

4.    Register.

5.    Provide email address.

6.    To save search, go to "Pubmed."

7.    Enter your search.

8.    Click on "Create Alert," found under the search box.

9.    Complete the form.

10.  To see your saved searches, click on you "My NCBI" username at the top right of the page; then select "Dashboard."

11.  To delete a search, click on "Manage Saved Searches" at the bottom of the "Saved Searches" box. Then, select the box next to the saved search and click on the "Delete Selected Item(s)" button.

12.  For help, click on "Help" or select a tutorial to view.


Ebsco Databases


1.    From the HSL website, select “Databases”, then "A to Z list of OSU Databases."

2.    Select "Ebsco" and then the preferred database(s).

2.    Formulate the search strategy.

3.    Select "Search History."

4.    Click the phrase "alert/save/share."

5.    A box should open that has three options; choose “create an alert” option.

6.    Click on "email alert" where settings are available to select.

7.    For email, you must create an account.

8.    Click on “sign in.” 


ISI Web of Knowledge

1.    From the HSL website, look at the “top resources” on the right side of the page and near the bottom, see "Web of Knowledge."

2.    Click and the page automatically opens the Web of Science database, but you may “select a database” another database is desired.

3.    Enter your search.

4.    After finishing, go to "search history/create alert" and save the search strategy. You will be given two options: save the strategy on your computer’s hard drive or on the Web of Knowledge serve.

5.    To save to the server, login or create an account; you must do this in order to have alerts sent.

6.    Prompts come up for email address, frequency, etc.



1.    From the HSL website, select “Databases”, then select "Ovid."

2.    Select from available databases.

3.    Sign up for a personal account.

4.    Construct the search strategy.

5.    Create search strategy.

6.    Run the search.

7.    The last search statement of the search history will be the one that is used for the update.

8.    Go to "Search History" and at the bottom, click on "Save Search History."

9.    You can select from a list of things to choose from after saving the search.

10.  One is to save the link as an RSS feed and the other is to save it as an autoalert. Select more for the list of options.

11.  There is an autoalerts options page from which you will set up the parameters of the search (how often, where to save it: email, RSS, email address, etc.).

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