This page suggests options for setting up 'alerts', which are a way of staying up-to-date with your interests by automating your searches for particular terms or subscribing to different 'feeds'. Examples of these are subscribing to electronic/online journal table of contents (eTOCs) or blogs, and saving searches from databases/apps - then being notified when new articles are released on a topic.
Google alerts are a great tool for research, as you can set an alert so that Google searches the web regularly on a topic, gathering hits from a range of sources (including news sources, videos and blogs).
With Google alerts you can get the most relevant and new Google search results on topics/keywords/searches of your choice, delivered directly to your email address. All you need is a Google account, which you can set up here, and then to set up an alert on the Google alerts webpage.
For support/instructions on how to create a Google alert, please visit this support site.
Sign up for one or more of the 20 monthly specialty email alerts from NEJM. Offering a convenient way to scan and access recently-published original research, review articles, case reports, and other valuable NEJM content important to you and your practice.
To set up alerts:
It is possible to save both a search strategy in Ovid MEDLINE (for later re-use), and to utilise that search as the basis of a search alert.
Please Note: These features require that the user have a personal account in Ovid MEDLINE so you can access My Workspace (see the dedicated info box for further details).
For more videos like this, visit the OvidWoltersKluwer channel on YouTube
It is possible to save both a search strategy in PubMed (for later re-use), and to utilise that search as the basis of a search alert.
These features require that the user have a personal account in PubMed so you can access MyNCBI:
It is possible to set up the Read by QxMD app to send alerts/notifications based on a whole range of settings, including publication of articles related to chosen specialties, journals, collections and keywords.
Blogging is an easy way of disseminating one's thoughts and ideas over the internet. Doctors increasingly are using blogs to share information with their colleagues and patients are blogging to share their experiences.
Examples of anaesthesia related blogs:
Self-service TOCs & RSS feeds
Setting up your own journal TOCs by email:
You can select RSS feeds from your favourite journals as well.
The JournalTOCs Tables of Contents service allows you to keep up-to-date with newly published journal articles by enabling you to browse, view, save, and search across thousands of journal tables of contents from hundreds of publishers.
Free registration on this site allows users to create a customised list of their most important and favorite journals, and includes export options such as email alerts, RSS feeds, and formats for bibliographic managers. Note: there is a limit of 30 journal titles that can be followed.
ANZCA Library TOCs service
If you would like to receive certain Table of Contents alerts from the Library to your email, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and request this service.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a method of receiving the latest information from websites and blogs. It is easiest to understand once it has been set-up so have a play around with it.
An example of a medically themed RSS feed provider is MedWorm, which is a medical RSS feed provider as well as a search engine built on data collected from RSS feeds. It then provides new outgoing RSS feeds on various medical categories that you can subscribe to via any RSS reader of your choice. Find out more on their website.
Below are some links to information about RSS feed readers, and recommended apps for smart phones and tablets (there are also links about how to use RSS on your computer).
Metajournal has (https://www.metajournal.com/) created a seamless link from the app to the full-text article in ANZCA Library resources (using your College ID and password).
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