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You can set up “automatic update searches” (also known as SDI – Selective Dissemination of Information) in a variety of databases relevant to your discipline. There are free services you can use to set up automatic searches of the PubMed database to be e-mailed regularly to you. Searches may be organized by subject area, by author (to track particular experts in your field), or by institution (to track the work of specific organizations). If you only want to update the searches occasionally, you can use the MyNCBI; feature of PubMed to save your strategies. Just register for a free MyNCBI and then save your strategies. When you return to the MyNCBI, you can view citations added to the database since your last search by clicking “What’s New” for a selected search. Some database producers prepare “canned” searches on topics of interest, which you can receive as e-mail updates. Another method of getting these search updates is to visit a page with links to prepared PubMed searches such as the Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries.Paid alert services include those available from Current Contents and Ingenta. There are also a number of free services

  • Online access
  • Receiving and reviewing journal table of contents
  • Creating automated literature searches
Example resources -- free services:

BioMail SUNY Stony Brook
Searches PubMed database

PubCrawler
Searches PubMed & GenBank databases.

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Another strategy for keeping informed is to join or follow organizations focused on your area of interest. Benefits of joining an organization related to one’s professional interests may include newsletters, discussion lists, real and virtual meetings, and continuing education opportunities in a variety of formats. If it is not clear whether an organization will be worthwhile, visit its web site to see if sample issues of the newsletter or journal are available online. Talk to colleagues about whether the networking in that group has been valuable to them. Keep in mind that local or regional groups may be less expensive and more relevant to your work than national ones.


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