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Two Minute Tips for Education Students

Collection of short tutorials and help screens designed for Purdue's College of Education students and faculty.

What are journal alerts?

JOURNAL ALERTS provide automatic e-mail notification whenever a new issue of a particular journal becomes available in the EBSCO databases.

Note:  Journal alerts are FREE, but to create an Alert, you must log in to My EBSCOhost to create a search alert.

Start by logging into an EBSCO database, such as ERIC.  Click on the sign in link in the blue bar at the top of the page and log in.  If you don't already have an account, register for one -- they are FREE.  Then follow the instructions below.

Quick tutorial from EBSCO

How to create a journal alert in EBSCO

To create a journal alert:

  1. Click the Publications link at the top of the screen. The Publications Screen displays.

    Publications Browse List

  2. To locate the publication, enter the title in the Browse Publications field and click Browse, or use the A - Z links and left/right arrows to browse through the list of titles. 

  3. From the journal's Publication Details Screen, click the Share link, and then click the E-mail Alert link.

    Publication Details Screen

  4. The Journal Alert window appears, with the Subject and E-mail from address automatically filled in. If you have not already signed into your My EBSCOhost account, do so by clicking the Sign in link.

    Journal Alert Window

  5. Set your alert parameters and click Save Alert.


    • Before your alert expires, you will be e-mailed and given the opportunity to renew it.
    • To view all available alert parameters, click the Advanced Settings link.

In the E-Mail area

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

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

  3. E-mail to - 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.

  4. Hide Addresses from recipients – if you select this option, the e-mail addresses you enter will be placed into the BCC (Blind Copy) field of the e-mail, rather than the “To” field.

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

  6. E-mail contents - Indicate whether you want to include: Link to table of contents or Link to individual articles.

In the General Settings area

  1. Select the Results format to use - Brief, Detailed, or Bibliographic Manager formats.

  2. Alert on full text only – Mark the check box to indicate that you want to be alerted only when the full text is available.

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

Advanced Setting for Journal Alerts