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Resources for creating personal news alerts.

by Gregor Smart

Looking for ways to track a particular company or person in the news?  There are several resources available to you.

1. Create a Google News Alert:

Creating a Google news alert is a great way to automatically scan the web for updates on companies or topics of interest to you. Once you have entered your search term, you will receive a confirmation email to verify your Google search alert request.  Search results can include news stories, blog postings, and even video.  The frequency of results can be managed so that results come into your email as news hits the web or they can be consolidated into one email per day or per week.

 
 
Similar to Google, you can also create alerts using Yahoo. To create a Yahoo keyword alert you will first need to register yourself as a Yahoo user. Once you have registered, click on the image below to log in and to create your alert.
 

 
 
BPL users can also use our Gale database to search for news and to create alerts. If using the service remotely you will need your library card to log into the database to conduct a search. If you would like to create an alert you will also need to create a Gale new user id (click on image below.)
 
 

After you have created your User Id you will need to enter your search term.  In this example I will create a news alert for the term “pinterest.”

Next, select Save this search:

Now name your search.  I have named my alert Pinterest News Alert. The alert has now been created.  I will now receive Gale news Alerts for Pinterest to my designated email.  Keep in mind that while results will be sent to your email,  you will need to be on a library computer to view the linked news stories.

 

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