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Keeping Up-to-date on Public Health


Keeping up-to-date with the literature in Public Health can be a difficult task. The following are some easy ways to help you keep current with the literature, with science news, and with grant information.

Automated E-mail Alerts from Bibliographic Databases

These alerts will provide automatic e-mails on any search you have saved: subject/keyword(s), author, etc. As new records are added to the database, or at a user-determined schedule, records that match your search are sent to your e-mail.

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Citation Alerts

Web of Science alerts will send you an e-mail when a published work is cited in a source indexed by Web of Knowledge. This service reviews thousands of publications and is the most comprehensive source of cited references. It can be useful to set up alerts to see when your own work or the work of others is cited.

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Journal Tables of Contents Alerts

Having tables of contents e-mailed to you directly from publishers is another good way to keep up with a particular journal. The following is a small sample of the thousands of journals that offer free e-mails of their tables of contents pages. If you wish to get alerts from a journal not on this list, find the journal's web site and see if there is a link for e-TOCs. Please note that this service may require registering.

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RSS Feeds

RSS, which stands for Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication, offers an efficient (and free) method of keeping up with current news that interests you.

Database RSS Feeds

Journal Tables of Contents by RSS

Public Health and Science News RSS Feeds


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Staying Informed Tutorial

Michigan Informatics, "Informatics for the public health workforce," has developed a web tutorial that "covers strategies and resources to improve your professional effectiveness in staying informed of news and developments in public health." It includes information on:

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