The Saved Search feature is most likely to be found in indexing databases. Everytime the database is updated with new material, your search will be run against the new material. You'll be sent an email with the citations for all the new material that matches your search.
The links on these emails will only be usable from on-campus - sometimes there will be just one link that takes you to the whole list of your results within the database or each item in your email will have a link back to the item's record within the database. Once in the database, use the "full text", "PDF", or "Get It @ ASU" links to get to the full text of the item.
How to Set Up a Saved Search
To set up a saved search, you usually create and perform the search you'd like to save. Then look for a link or button for "Saved Searches"; if one is not available, look under headings such as "My Profile", "My Account" or "My Settings". In some databases, saved searches are called "Alerts". To receive an email alert you will have to register for a personal account with the database - registration is free.
ABI/Inform (business articles and reports)
ACM Guide to Computing Literature/ACM Digital Li brary (computing-related journal articles and conference proceedings)
ASU Library Catalog (books, films, dissertations, sound recordings, maps, etc. added to the ASU Library)
ASU Library One Search (books, journal articles, films, dissertations, sound recordings, maps, etc. added to the ASU Library)
Only RSS feed is available for a saved search; no option for email alerts.
Compendex (journal articles and conference papers from all areas of engineering and manufacturing), and
Inspec (journal articles, conference papers, patents and technical reports in electrical engineering, computer science, and physics)
Will run a saved search strategy each week against the new items added to the database; you may create up to 125 different alerts. Alerts must be set separately for each database - you cannot have one alert that searches both databases.
IEEE Xplore (journal articles, conference papers, books, and standards published by the IEEE)
Will run a saved search strategy against the new items added to the database.
Web of Science (journal articles from most subject areas)
Will send email notification if a specific article has been recently cited.