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Current Awareness Services for Law: Database Search Alerts

Setting up database search alerts

Description:

  • Allows you to create a search alert to be notified by either email or RSS when new material matching your search criteria has been added to the database.

To subscribe:

  • After running a search in LegalTrac, click the Create a Search Alert link on the upper right-hand corner of the results screen. 
  • To receive results via email, enter your email address and select how often to receive updates (daily, weekly or monthly).
  • To receive updates via RSS, copy and paste the provided RSS feed URL into your feed reader.

To unsubscribe: 

  • Email alerts: When you set up a search alert by email, you will receive a confirmation email with an unsubscribe link in it. Save this email as it contains a direct link to that search. Clicking on the link in the email will delete the search alert.
  • RSS feeds: To unsubscribe from a search alert via RSS, remove the feed from your feed reader.

Description:

  • LEXIS alerts can be used to keep up-to-date on information found in virtually every LexisNexis database, as well as Shepard’s.  Searches are saved and run at prescribed intervals.  You are then notified of the results in the manner you selected when the alert was set up. 
  • Methods of receiving information include:
    • Having documents sent to the Lexis printer
    • Having documents sent to your email
    • Having a cite list sent to your email
  • Alerts can be set up on most searches (e.g., Shepard’s reports, dockets, case law, statutes, law reviews) but cannot be done when in Book Browse or on Natural Language searches.

To subscribe:

Sign into LexisNexis.

  1. Run a search. Once the search results are retrieved, click the Save as Alert link in at the top of the results screen.
  2. Fill in the form to your specifications, including frequency and delivery format (to printer | via e-mail | online access only).
  3. Use email notification to be alerted when new material has been added.

To unsubscribe or edit:

  • Select the Alerts tab in the top center of the screen. All currently running alerts are listed.
  • Use the Edit and Delete links provided for each search.

Notes:

Description:

  • Westlaw Westclip alerts can be used to keep up-to-date on information found in virtually every Westlaw database, as well as Keycite.  Searches are saved and run at prescribed intervals.  You are then notified of the results in the manner you selected when the alert was set up. 
  • Methods of receiving information include:
    • Having documents sent to the Westlaw printer
    • Having documents sent to your email
    • Having a cite list sent to your email
    • Other options as described in the alert setup instructions
  • Alerts can be set up on most searches (e.g., KeyCite  reports, dockets, case law, statutes, law reviews, etc.).
  • Check the Alert Center link (in the upper right-hand corner of the Westlaw home page) for descriptions of the types of alerts available. Alerts can also be created directly from the Alert Center.
  • Note: WestlawNext currently directs users back to Westlaw.com for Alerts.

To subscribe:

To unsubscribe or edit:

  1. Select the "Alert Center" link on the top right hand portion of the screen.
  2. Open the appropriate alert group (e.g., Westclip, Keycite Alert etc.).
  3. To edit the search, select the name of the saved search.
  4. To delete the search, check the box in front of the search and click the Delete button at the top of the list.
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