- What is the Alert Creation Wizard?
- How is it different from an advanced search alert?
- When should I use the 'Create → Alert' option?
What is the Alert Creation Wizard?
Much like following content in CQ Federal, creating alerts via 'Create → Alert' (see below) delivers general information around a certain topic.
Creating alerts through this view is typically recommended for users who know exactly the bill; committee or member they'd like to track, and exactly what information they'd like to be alerted on.
Creating an alert using the wizard is easy- just navigate to 'Create → Alert' and follow the prompts until you are prompted to save the alert. The sources you are able to choose are explained here.
How is it different from an advanced search alert?
The 'Create → Alert' option is like the advanced search alert process, but less customizable, and therefore less specific to exactly what you're looking for.
It's easier if you're looking to set an alert with one click, but with ample articles available on how to create searches, (especially super specific ones using keywords searches), advanced search can be just as easy.
If you're looking to avoid an overwhelming number of email alerts, 'Create → Alert' might not be best. See here for steps on how to create an alert based off of an advanced search.
When should I use the 'Create → Alert' option?
- If you know exactly the bill/member/committee you're looking to track and exactly what content you'd like to include, (i.e., BillAnalysis; Bill Text; BillTrack; Floor Votes, etc);
- If you don't mind receiving alerts for a broad range of subjects via the 'Domain Area' alert.
- If you would like to be alerted to every bill introduced- only the Alert Creation Wizard has this option.