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Save a query

When you run a search in UW Libraries Search, you can save that search and run it again at a later time. You can also set up an email alert based on that query so that the system emails you with new results of that search periodically.

1. In order to save a query, you must be logged into your library account.  If you are logged in, your name will appear in the upper right corner of the screen.

Once you are logged in and run a search, you will see the "Save query" link above the search results. 

Log in to library account to see the Save Query link


2. After you click "Save query" you will see a pop-up at the top of the screen that notifies you it has been saved to "My Favorites" and asks if you want to set up an alert ("Turn on notification for this query").


Saved search option to convert to an alert


3. If you turn on notifications for this saved query, a popup window will ask for your email to send you update notifications.


screenshot of signup save alert


4. To view your saved queries and alerts, click on the pushpin icon screenshot of pushpin icon, also known as "My Favorites", in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.

There you'll find your "Saved Searches". You will also see your recent activity in "Search History" and any "Saved Records" (individual items) you previously saved. 

Important: you must log-in with your UW NetID in order for these searches and saved items to be persistent to your next session. If you do not log in, they will not be there the next time you use UW Libraries Search.

Deactivate a Saved Alert

In the Saved Searches display, click on the bell icon to the right of a Saved Alert to change it from a solidly colored icon to an outline.  This will disable the Saved Alert and convert it to a Saved Search.

Turn off query by clicking on solid-colored bell icon

Remove a Saved Query

In the Saved Searches display, click on the 'pin' icon to remove Saved Queries or Saved Alerts.

Remove alert by clicking on pushpin icon