How to set up a Google news alert

It is easy to set up “Google Alerts” that tell you of any new online media coverage. By entering key words, you can have Google automatically generate a list of current articles that are relevant to your study and deliver them to your e-mail in-box. You can set up multiple alerts if you want to be informed anytime there is news on the topics you select. Here is what to do:

  • First, go to
  • Under “Search terms,” type in the name of the topic, person, trial site, or other item about which you would like to receive news. (Tip: When searching for a term with more than one word, use quotations for more accurate searching, such as “cholera vaccine.”)
  • You can select “News” if you would like to receive only things posted to proper news Web sites. For other online sources of information, you can select “Blogs,” “Web,” “Video,” or “Groups.” Selecting “Comprehensive” will ensure that you receive notification when your search term shows up on any of these online sources.
  • Select how often you want to receive notification.
  • Enter your e-mail address. (Note: You do not need to have an account with Google to set up Google Alerts.)
  • Log in to your e-mail account to verify the request from Google Alerts. You will start receiving news immediately.

October 8th, 2013