How do I create an alert?

An alert is a search that runs automatically, and notifies you of any results at intervals you specify. To create an alert, first run a search or Shepardize® a citation.


To get the best, on-target alert results, refine your search before saving it as an alert. Here are some suggestions:

  • Use search terms that are specific to your research, joined by connectors to define the relationships of the search terms. For example, medical negligence or clinical negligence
  • Avoid terms that are too general, such as illness or behavior.
  • Filter your results before creating your alert. On the results page, select from the filters in the left pane to specify the jurisdiction, time frame, practice area, and so on, that you want to focus on.

When you have the results you want:

  • From your search results, either select the More options drop-down list and select Create an alert, or click the alert icon (Alert) above your results.
  • From a Shepard's® report, click Create an alert next to the alert icon.

You can then specify how often you want to be notified of any results, how you want to receive the results, and other options.

You can open your alerts and review the updates from the Alerts panel in My Workspace.

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