Catalog Alert Service

Catalog Alert Service

What are Preferred Searches?

Preferred searches allow you to store a search in your library account. This can be useful in several ways:

  • To receive e-mail alerts of new items on a topic that interests you.
  • To keep track of a particularly complex search that you might want to use again.
  • To store a search that you will run on a regular basis.

How Do I Do A Preferred Search?

  • Log into your personal library account. You can do this by clicking here (a new window will open), or from the library home page by clicking on "Services" and then "Your Library Account."
  • Once you are logged into your account, you will see a banner with your name that alerts you to the fact that you are logged in.
  • Click "Search the Catalog" in the box on the right side of the page.
  • Enter your search into the catalog. For example, you may wish to search for items on the subject "Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century." (If you don't know the correct subject heading, start with a keyword search and check the subject headings for the most relevant items.)
  • To save this search, click the "Search Saver" button displayed beside the "Search" button at the top of the page.
  • To view your list of saved searches, click the "Your Library Account" button at the top of the screen, and then click "Preferred Searches" in the box on the right side of the screen.
  • To prevent others from viewing your library and circulation information, remember to either click on the displayed Logout button or close the browser window when you have completed your catalog research.

How Do I Receive E-mail Alerts of New Items?

  • After you have saved a search, return to your library account and click "Preferred Searches" in the box on the right side of the screen.
  • If you would like to receive e-mail alerts about new additions to the library in your preferred search area, click the box labeled "Mark for E-mail" next to the search in question.
  • Click "Update list" to save the change.
  • Check Your Library Account under "Modify Personal Information" to make sure that your listed e-mail address is correct.
  • To prevent others from viewing your library and circulation information, remember to either click on the displayed Logout button or close the browser window when you have completed your catalog research.
  • You can request an email alert on any kind of search: a keyword, subject, author, or title search.
  • You will receive notice of new additions to the library with your chosen subject headings at the start of each week.
Created by emp on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Jul 10, 2012