Keeping up to date with the vast amount of literature published each year in clinical, management or education topics is a huge task. However, there are a number of tools that can be used to help stay abreast of developments in your field.
What is it? KnowledgeShare is our targeted current awareness service. As high impact documents in your area are published we will let you know.
Why use it? For the latest high-level evidence in your field/interest.
How does it work? It uses a profile matching system (settings set on your profile will be matched with settings on documents). Your KnowledgeShare profile is created to be as broad or as specific as you require, e.g., you could receive everything added on obstetrics or limit to receive items related to gestational diabetes.
KnowledgeShare updates are personalised and targeted to you. Updates focus on summarised evidence that can change practice, and the latest publications on quality, safety, education and patient experience; you will not be inundated with primary research articles.
Journal database alerts
- What are they? These are regular alerts that you can set up from journal article databases such as Medline or Cinahl
- Why use them? If you are working on a particular project or have a very specific interest, setting up a database alert allows you to tailor the results you see. This will include results from a wide range of journals rather than just individual titles.
- How do they work? When you run a search on one of the healthcare databases save your search strategy and then click the “bell” on the relevant line to receive automatic updates to the results at regular intervals. You will receive by email any new results since the last time the search was run.
eTOCs (electronic table of contents)
- What are they? Contents tables listing the articles published within a journal issue
- Why use them? If you have a favourite journal but don’t want to subscribe, sign up for the eTOC and you will receive summaried of the articles as they are published. Any that you need to read in full you can request from the library service.
- How do they work? The eTOCs are created by the publisher and are sent to your email as each issue is published.
- What are they? Information sent out by publishers and other news producers that you can sign up to receive.
- Why use them? If you want to see when your favourite websites add content, sign up for their RSS feeds and you will be alerted whennews is added.
- How do they work? You need to download or register with an RSS feed reader and then remember to check regularly to see whether your news feeds have been updated.
We are very happy to advise or help with setting up database alerts, eTOCs and RSS feeds – just contact us!
Abbreviations leaflet – a list of abbreviations that you are likely to come across during day to day work here at Kettering General Hospital