Keeping up to date with new research is a must for all healthcare professionals. There are many different ways in which you can choose to receive the latest news and articles, this guide will help you to get started.
St George's library offers a service called KnowledgeShare, which makes it easy to keep up to date with the evidence that matters to you. KnowledgeShare provides regular email updates from selected high-quality sources, relevant to your individual interests.
KnowledgeShare will update you on the publication of guidance, selected research, and policy in the clinical areas you choose to stay up to date with. You can even specify age groups and clinical settings of interest, to help ensure your updates are focused on your needs.
If you want to stay up to date with developments on quality improvement, patient safety or any other areas of professional interest, KnowledgeShare can also keep you informed of published evidence relevant to these.
KnowledgeShare is available to all staff at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
To register to receive KnowledgeShare updates, complete our online form.
When registering, you can specify as many or as few clinical or professional interests as you wish. These preferences can easily be changed as necessary.
In addition to carrying out literature searches for you, we can also set up an alert so that you receive regular emails with details of the latest articles in your area of interest. Both clinical and non-clinical queries are accepted; simply complete the online form to request one.
Or set up your own topic search alerts in databases such as PubMed, Medline, Embase or Cinahl hosted via OvidSP, Ebsco or NICE Evidence Services. Once you have carried out your search, you can save your search as an autoalert. Once set up, each time a new article is added to your database of choice, that matches your strategy, you will be updated either via email or RSS.
The video below explains how to create your own topic alerts using HDAS.
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) Feeds allow you to see when websites have added new journal articles or content. RSS feeds are a great way of saving time when accessing the latest information from a range of different sites, as they automatically check all the sites for new content. They are also sometimes known as news feeds.
You can tell if a website has an RSS feed by looking for the RSS iconTo collect and read news feeds you will need to use a news reader program or app such as:
Many publishers will allow users to sign up to a table of contents service, where you will be alerted via email to the table of contents (TOC) of journal issues, whenever an issue is published. Look out for a link to sign up for TOC alerts service on the home page of your favourite journals.
There are services that also allow you to sign-up to receive toc alerts from a number of journals at once.
JournalTocs is a free online service which provides tables of contents and offers RSS feeds for new content, for over 24,000 journals. It will email you with details of new articles as they are published and often includes an abstract. You need to sign up for this service and can receive toc alerts for up to 30 titles.
A selection of AHP centric news webpages and blogs, featuring specialty focused updates, views and opinions on topics from your field. Written by specialists in the field and featuring informed commentary on relevant topics and topical events.
Social media can be a really efficient way to keep up to date with news and views from your specialty. One way to achieve this is to create a Twitter list of your favourite sites like in the AHP Twitter lists box on this page.