Once you have created a Choice account, you can set up criteria for a custom search, and let Custom Alerts do the rest. This means Choice will regularly search for resources matching your criteria that the American Library Association has recently reviewed. Once your search is set up and saved, you will receive regular emails from Choice with your selected reviews.
First perform a keyword search for your subject area. You can do this by entering terms right in the menu bar:
Hit Enter to get search results. This pulls up all the reviews in the Choice database that contain your keywords.
An Advanced Search option is available from the down arrow next to the search box. This is recommended if you are looking for reviews of a particular title, or by a particular author. It is less useful for general keyword searches, however.
Once you've got your search results, you can use Choice's tools to create a list to share with others, export to Excel, and so forth. See Choice Online's own Quick Step guide for nifty things to do with searches.
For the purposes of this guide, we are focusing on saving your search to create an Alert. This way, you can get regular e-mails of newly reviewed items that match your search terms.
After you've run a search and adjusted it to include the types of items that you want, , click the Save Search Results icon at the top of the search results list. You will be asked to name and describe your search; try to do so in a way that jogs your memory later, then hit Save.
Your saved lists are accessible from the menu bar: Lists > My Lists > My Saved Searches & Alerts
On your My Saved Searches page, you can use the Set Alert dropdown box to set how often you want to be e-mailed with new reviews that meet your criteria — weekly, or monthly.
An email will then be sent to you when new items appear in your search results.