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Nursing Professionals NHS Library Guide: Keeping up to date

This guide gives an overview of library resources and services for NHS nursing, nursing associate and healthcare assistance staff.

Current awareness

Current Awareness

Keeping up to date with new research is a must for healthcare professionals. There are many different ways that you can receive the latest news and articles, this guide will help you to get started.

Topic alerts

RSS feeds

Journal TOCs

Blogs & Social Media

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 in HDAS. 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 icon http://icons.iconarchive.com/icons/cornmanthe3rd/plex/512/Communication-RSS-icon.png

To collect and read news feeds you will need to use a news reader program or app such as Netvibes or Feedly.

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.

 

Blogs

A blog is an online journal or informational website where informal, conversational posts appear in chronological order. Individuals or groups use blog to post news and views on their subject of interest. They are a great way of keeping current with the latest discussions or hot topics in nursing.

You'll find blogs by key organisations such as the Royal College of Nurses, as well as blogs by individual nurses on specialist topics. Some examples of nursing blogs are

Social Media 

These days, social media can't be ignored if you want to stay current and keep up to date in your area of nursing. All major health professional bodies will have easily identifiable social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

One of the best social media platforms for nurses is @WeNurseses which connects over 80K nurses on Twitter to share knowledge and information.

 

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