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Web of Science @ Caltech: Alerts

A brief guide to getting started with Web of Science for members of the Caltech community.

Setting Up Alerts

Web of Science allows you to set up alerts to monitor new articles that get added that match your search criteria. Here's how to set them up:

  1. Create an account for Web of Science. On the top right of the Web of Science screen, under the "Sign In" option, are options to Sign In, Register (for a new account), and Log Out. If you already have an account to use EndNote Web/Basic, you can use those credentials as it is the same company.
  2. Once you are signed in, perform your search.
  3. When you have your search results, on the left hand side of the screen under Results, click on the link to "Create Alert".
  4. This will bring up a window that will allow you to save your search, add a description & email address, and choose which information you'd like to see in your email alert along with the frequency.
    • You can save the search to a local computer location by clicking "Save" at the bottom of the window. This will just save an XML file in plain text format without creating an alert.
  5. Once you click "Save" under the RSS feed statement, you'll get a confirmation that your alert was saved, and a link for the RSS feed.
  6. You can modify your search and alert criteria by selecting "My Tools" -> "Saved Searches & Alerts".