History & Alerts
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The History & Alerts tab provides a single location in which to manage all of your past research activities, including recent searches, recently viewed documents, saved searches, and alerts.

History
Saved Searches
Alerts

History

The History feature automatically archives searches that you have recently run or documents that you have recently viewed. You may access your search history from the History & Alerts tab.

Recent Searches

Each search you run is automatically archived for seven days. You may re-run any of your recent searches as they were originally constructed, or you may edit them first.

Re-Running a Recent Search

  1. Click the History & Alerts tab.

  2. Click the History subtab, then click the Recent Searches subtab. A list of your recent searches appears.

  3. Click the Run link next to the appropriate search. The search will run automatically and the results will be displayed on the screen.

Saving a Recent Search

  • To save a recent search permanently, you may either:

    • Run the search, then select "Save Search" from the Next Steps drop-down list in results.

    • Edit the search and click the "Save this search" link on the search form.

  • To save a recent search as an alert, click the Alert link next to the search from the Recent Searches list.

Editing a Recent Search

You may modify any of the parameters for a recent search and then re-run it or save it permanently. To edit a recent search:

  1. Click the History & Alerts tab.

  2. Click the History subtab, then click the Recent Searches subtab. A list of your recent searches is displayed.

  3. Click the Edit link next to the recent search that you want to modify. The original form that you used to create the search is displayed, allowing you to modify the search parameters.
Recent Documents

Each document you view is automatically archived in the history for 48 hours so you may retrieve it again.

Viewing a Recent Document

  1. Click the History & Alerts tab.

  2. Click the History subtab, then click the Recent Documents subtab. A list of your documents is displayed.

  3. Click the name of a recent document to view it again. If the document is available in other formats (such as PDF or HotDocs), icons appear in the Format column. Click an icon to view the document in that format.

Saved Searches

When your search retrieves results that you want to update periodically, you may save the search and run it manually later. Saved searches remain until you delete them.

 

Saving a Search

You may save a search from the Search page or when you are viewing your results.

From the search page:

  1. Complete the search form by entering search terms, selecting a source, specifying a date range, and making any optional selections.

  2. Click the "Save this search" link. You will be prompted to confirm the details of the saved search and give it a name.

    Note: If you would like to run a saved search regularly, you may save it as a scheduled search by clicking the "Save as an Alert" check box. For more information, refer to Alerts.

From your results page:

  1. Review your results.

  2. Select "Save Search" from the Next Steps drop-down list. You will be prompted to confirm the details of the saved search and give it a name.

    Note: If you would like to run a saved search regularly, you may save it as a scheduled search by clicking the "Save as an Alert" check box. For more information, refer to Alerts.

Running a Saved Search

  1. Click the History & Alerts tab.

  2. Click the Saved Searches subtab. A list of your saved searches appears.

  3. Click the Run link next to a saved search. The search results are displayed.

Editing a Saved Search

You may modify any of the criteria for your saved search, including the search terms, the source that was used, or the search name. To edit a saved search:

  1. Click the History & Alerts tab.

  2. Click the Saved Searches subtab. A list of your saved searches is displayed.

  3. Click the Edit link next to the saved search that you want to modify. The original form that you used to create the search is displayed, allowing you to modify the search parameters.

Scheduling a Saved Search as an Alert

You may turn any saved search into an alert. An alert is a saved search that is automatically run at specified intervals. To schedule a saved search as an alert:

  1. Click the History & Alerts tab.

  2. Click the Saved Searches subtab. A list of your saved searches is displayed.

  3. Click the Alert link next to the saved search that you want to schedule as an alert. A form is displayed, prompting you for the alert settings.

Alerts

Creating

You may create in several ways:

  • From the Results page, click the Create Alert (Create Alert icon) icon.
  • From the Results page, select "Create Alert" from the Next Steps drop-down list.

  • From any Search form, click the "Save this search" link. On the Save Search form, select the "Save as an Alert" check box.

  • From the Results page, select "Save Search" from the Next Steps drop-down list. On the Save Search form, select the "Save as an Alert" check box.
  • Click the History & Alerts tab, then click the History or Saved Searches subtab. If you clicked the History subtab, click the Recent Searches subtab. Click the Alert link next to the recent search or saved search that you want to set up as .

From there:

  1. Name the (the name may be no longer than 255 characters).

  2. Select how often you want to run the .

  3. Enter an email address to specify where you want the results to be sent, or choose to view the results online only. You may enter up to 3 email addresses, separated by semicolons.

    Example: name1@company.com;name2@company.com

  4. To receive your results in an email, specify your notification and results format preferences.

  5. If applicable, click the Test Search button and review your results. Then click the Edit Search or Save button, as desired.
  6. Or click the Save button to save your .

Manually Running an Alert

To manually run an alert outside of its normal schedule:

  1. Click the History & Alerts tab, then click the Alerts subtab.

  2. Click the "Run Now" link next to the alert that you want to run.

Changing the Schedule for

To change the schedule for :

  1. Click the History & Alerts tab, then click the Alerts subtab.

  2. Under the Settings column, click the Change link next to the search that you want to modify.

  3. Click Save when you have finished changing the schedule.

Changing the Search Criteria for

To edit the parameters for (name, search terms, sources, etc.):

  1. Click the History & Alerts tab, then click the Alerts subtab.

  2. Click the Edit link next to the search that you want to modify.

  3. When you have finished making your changes, click Test Search to test the changes before saving them.

Deleting an Alert

To delete :

  1. Click the History & Alerts tab, then click the Alerts subtab.

  2. Select the check box next to the alerts that you want to delete, then click the "Delete selection(s)" link.

  3. A confirmation screen appears. Click OK to permanently delete the alert.
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