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Biomedical Sciences Toolkit

Current Awareness Alert Strategies

Consider a combination of approaches to stay on top of the literature in your field. 

  • Targeted Literature Searches:
    • Set up automated ongoing searches in databases such as PubMed, Embase, Scopus, and/or Web of Science to look for topics, authors, or institutions important to you.
    • In PubMed, you can use MyNCBI to save searches and receive updates of newly-published references by email or RSS feed.
  • Cited Reference Searches:
    • Set up automated ongoing searches to track new articles that cite an article of interest. 
    • Best databases: Web of Science, Scopus, or Google Scholar.
    • Click HERE for quick tips on cited reference searching.
  • Funding Opportunities, Awarded Grants, or News:
    • NIH RePORTER is good for tracking awarded grants and associated publications.
    • SciFinder is good for tracking patent publications.
    • Google can be good for news.
    • Consider blogs (e.g., NIH's Open Mike) and Twitter (e.g., #AAASmtg, #CDC, or #microbiome).

Feedly can be a useful tool for managing RSS feeds.

Science Careers article "How to keep up with the scientific literature"

Please contact your librarian - for assistance.

Journal Tables of Contents

  • Most journal publishers offer an option to receive the table of contents of each new issue by email or by RSS feed.
  • Look for an option such as "Alerts and Feeds."  See example below.
  • Consider using the Read by QxMD app (using your UW NetID for access to UW Libraries subscriptions).



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