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Strategies for Monitoring the Literature in Your Field
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, 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:
- NIH RePORTER can be used to track newly-awarded grants and associated publications
- SciFinder is good for tracking patent publications.
- Consider blogs (e.g., NIH's Open Mike) and Twitter (e.g., #AAASmtg, or #metagenomics).
[If using RSS feeds, consider Feedly to manage them.]