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Research Alerts

Guide for WU students, faculty, and staff on research alerts and current-awarness services

Classic Catalog: Save searches and receive email alerts

Here's how to save searches in the Classic Catalog and have them delivered to your Inbox:

  • Log in to My Catalog using your WUSTL Key and password.
  • To save your favorite searches and run them again in the future, click on Search the Catalog
    •     Perform a search by Keyword, Author, Title, or Subject
    •     Click on button marked Save as preferred search to add this search to your list of preferred searches
  • To receive email alerts for library items of interest to you, click on Preferred Searches while logged into My Catalog. Click the button marked Your Record to return to My Catalog.
    •     Place a check in the appropriate Mark for Email box
    •     You will receive an email when new items based on your search criteria are added to the library. Save and re-run searches

Create saved searches that you can re-run at any time by following these tips:

  • Sign in or create an account at
  • Perform your search and click Save Search at the top right of the results screen Save search icon


  • You will then be prompted to give your search a title and a description and make it public or private.









  • While logged in you can visit your Profile page to re-run saved searches,
    create lists, set your favorite library and more.
    • Profile Page