Keeping up-to-date with the latest research will mean that you want to develop in-depth knowledge of your particular topic, subject or research area. This may involve a variety of research sources:
- latest published research
- connecting with colleagues and researchers in your area of work / study
- collaborating with colleagues
- sharing with a wider community
Health Library Current Awareness Service (netvibes)
You can keep up-to-date with the latest research and headlines in your specialty by following the Health Library's specialty-specific news feeds. You can view the list of feed resources, such as journals, news and related websites. eJournals included mainly refer to NHS-subscribed content.
Bulletins are generally sent out to subscribers on a regular basis either as links to ebulletins online or attached to emails as documents. They are often subject specific and can include a selection of citations for recently published research and latest news.
Database search alerts
Database search alerts are most useful if you are carrying out some research, study or work in a particular topic over a period of time. Many databases allow you to save your search criteria, thus if you have a search that is providing you with many helpful results you can save the search criteria and then set an alert on the saved search. You will then be emailed whenever new material is added to the database that matches your search criteria.
Journal Table of Contents (ToCs)
You can sign up to receive alerts of the latest published table of contents from journals or database services. Sign up to individual journal titles that you are interested in or that publish material in your subject area - you will often have to register. Update emails will usually be free though you may not get access to article full-text unless we have a subscription to the title.
Receiving regular bulletins and updates from your professional organisations will help you to be aware of the latest developments and guidance affecting your profession. Organisations can use a variety of different communication tools, including social networking. You don't have to sign-up for all of them, pick the one(s) that most suit you.
You can keep aware of the latest issues affecting healthcare and the NHS by using good quality newspapers, news websites, news TV programmes and radio news bulletins. The NHS and Department of Health also publish a number of bulletins and press releases which will help you to keep abreast of factors affecting the NHS and UK healthcare.