Help Alerts and Subscriptions

FAQs: Alerts to New Content

What are Alerts to New Content?

When you search the HSDL, you can save your search criteria as an Alert. Every Friday, we check our collection and automatically email you a list of any new documents we’ve added that match your saved criteria.  It is a great way to make sure you don’t miss any new items of interest.

What information gets included in the email?

We send you the title of the new document, a short summary, and links to both our abstract and the full document. We do not send the actual documents as attachments; just a link to the one in our collection.

Will I get an email if nothing matches?

If we run your saved query and get no results, we will not send you an email. If your saved search is very specific, you will probably not get very many emails from us.

What are the time parameters?

We notify you of anything we have added to the collection a) in the last week, and b) published within the last six months. Different types of alerts get sent at different intervals.

How do I sign up?

Simply search the HSDL as you normally would. When you have a result set you like, click the “set an alert to get future results” link at the top of the result list. Then click the “confirm” link on the next page.

How do I cancel?

If you no longer wish to receive a particular alert, sign-in to the HSDL and click “Alerts and Subscriptions” in the footer of any page. You can then click the “delete” link next to any of the alerts you have established.

How do I edit my saved search criteria?

You cannot edit. Simply save your new search criteria as a new alert and then delete the old one.

How do I change my email address?

You can edit your account settings on the Center for Homeland Defense and Security website at www.chds.us.  Your username and password are the same as your HSDL account.  The direct link to your account settings is https://www.chds.us/?menu&s=account

The results I’m getting are too many or don’t seem particularly relevant. How can I improve that?

The HSDL does full text searches. So if you define your alert, for example, as anything that contains ‘intelligence,’ you may get too many results that really aren’t about intelligence. Here are three good options for improving your results:

  • Use the advanced search to add more criteria
  • Consider limiting your search to the title and summary only, rather than the full text of the entire document
  • Email hsdlref@nps.edu to work with one of our librarians. They can change your alert parameters to make sure you’re getting the best of the collection.

FAQs: Subscriptions

What subscriptions are available?

When you are granted an individual account to access the HSDL, we automatically sign you up for two email subscriptions: Critical Releases in Homeland Security and the HSDL Quarterly Newsletter.

How often are they sent?

Critical Releases are pushed out every two weeks on Wednesdays. The Quarterly Newsletter clearly goes out approximately every three months.

How do I subscribe or unsubscribe?

You can add or delete subscriptions on your Alerts and Subscriptions page.

How do I change my email address?

You can edit your account settings on the Center for Homeland Defense and Security website at www.chds.us.  Your username and password are the same as your HSDL account.  The direct link to your account settings is https://www.chds.us/?menu&s=account

Can I still subscribe if I am not eligible for an Individual Account?

Not at this time.