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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 PubMedEmbaseScopus, 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:
  • Journal Tables of Contents
    • Look for an option such as "Alerts and Feeds" on journal publisher websites to receive the table of contents of each new issue by email or by RSS feed.
    • Consider using the Read by QxMD app (using your UW NetID for access to UW Libraries subscriptions).
  • Awarded Grants, Patents, and Social Media:

[If using RSS feeds, consider Feedly to manage them.]

Please contact your librarian - for assistance.

Journal Tables of Contents Example


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