Keeping Current, Web Resources

This page covers a variety of resources and technologies to keep researchers current with the latest studies and literature. Resources include databases such as Ovid MEDLINE and PubMed, and technologies such as email alerts and RSS feeds.

Current Awareness Services


Store and update saved Pubmed Searches, then receive the results automatically! The Cubby is accessed by a personalized login and provides users with a Stored Search feature to store and update searches.

  • Save searches
  • Set up e-mail alerts for new content
  • Display links to Web resources (LinkOut)
  • Choose filters that group search results


BioMail is a web-based application for medical researchers, biologists, and anyone who wants to know the latest information about a disease or a biological phenomenon. It is written to automate searching for recent scientific papers in PubMed.

  • Periodically BioMail does a user-customized Medline search and sends all matching articles recently added to Medline to the users' e-mail address.
  • HTML-formatted e-mails generated by BioMail can be used to show selected references in medline format, which is compatible with citation management programs such as Endnote or Refworks.
  • You can also install and run BioMail on your own server, if you acquire the opensource application version.

Pubcrawler: "It goes to the library. You go to the pub."

Free "alerting" service that scans daily updates to the NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

  • PubCrawler can keep scientists informed of the current contents of Medline and GenBank, by listing new database entries that match their research interests.
  • The results are presented as an HTML Web page, similar to the results of an NCBI PubMed or Entrez query.
  • This Web page can be located on our computer (the PubCrawler WWW-Service), on your computer (the stand-alone program), or you can receive it via e-mail (set this up using the PubCrawler WWW-Service).

Weekly emails of discipline-specific citation lists, as well as a personal web page with abstracts and a 12-24 month literature overview. AMEDEO is a free service and (at the moment) free of advertising, sponsors by a group of physician scientists calling their international collective Medicine on Earth. Weekly information updates are compiled by specialists dedicated to the rapid distribution of medical knowledge. To get the most from AMEDEO, register, select a medical area and favourite medical journals and submit the request form to receive the weekly emails. Consult the weekly literature overviews for additional medical areas by loggin into your AMEDEO homepage, where you can consult the medical literature of the previous 12 to 24 months grouped by journals and topics. 

Content Aggregators / Subscription Services

MD Consult

A medical information service created by three publishers, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Mosby-Year Book. The core Collection includes 40 fulltext medical reference books; full-text articles from 50 medical journals and Clinics and Yearbooks; prescription information for more than 30,000 medications; 1000 peer-reviewed clinical practice guidelines; customizable English and Spanish language patient education handouts covering more than 3,000 topics; personalized daily summaries of important articles and announcements in clinical medicine; 200 modules of category 1 CME credit. Besides the Core Collection, specialized editions have focus on areas such as pain, infectious disease, and respiratory/critical care medicine. A free 30-day trial of MD Consult general or specific editions is available. Medical students and residents get nearly 50% off the annual or monthly rates. MD Consult offers Express Pass, offering one-day express access for $9.95. Medical centers will probably have shared arrangements similar to Yale.


Original topic reviews written by a recognized faculty of experts who each address a specific clinical issues with detailed recommendations. Unlimited category 1 CME credit available with all personal subscriptions. Yale has inistitutional access to UpToDate.


Clinical Knowledge Base and CME. Nearly 10,000 physician authors and editors contribute to the eMedicine Clinical Knowledge Base with coverage of 7,000 diseases and disorders. The evidence-based content provides current practice guidelines in 62 medical specialties, and is kept current 24/7. Institutional and personal subscriptions surpress advertising, provide enhanced usage features, and offer unlimited CME modules with no additional charge.


Medscape is available freely, although registration is required. Registration on Medscape includes a free subscription to MedPulse, Medscape's email newsletter that outlines key news and features as they are published on the web site. Some full-text articles are available, although most major journals are not available in full-text. Subject matter is arranged by medical specialty. You can select any Medscape Specialty Home Page to be the page you open whenever you enter Medscape. In each specialty page, there are highlights and summaries of articles from that speciality's major journals. "What your patients are reading" includes news, mainly from Reuters Health. Other offerings include CME and conference listings. free email, and job listings.

Yahoo! Health

Within the topics on the Yahoo! Health site, you find up to the minute general and popular medical news digested and re-displayed under logical categories.

Toxicology and Environmental Health News Sources (NLM)

A variety of government agencies, organization, and news outlets produce web pages with up-to-date information on the latest toxic and environmental health risks. This web page at the National Library of Medicine provides a convenient starting place for many of them.


National Guideline Clearinghouse

Internet Web site intended to make evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related abstract, summary, and comparison materials widely available to health care professionals. NGC is operated by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) in partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP). AHCPR operates and maintains the NGC pursuant to statutory mandates (1) to support research designed to improve the quality of health care, reduce its cost, and broaden access to essential services and (2) to develop and disseminate evidence-based information to increase the scientific knowledge needed to enhance patient and clinical decision-making, improve health care quality, and promote efficiency in the organization of public and private systems of health care delivery. The guidelines and some of the related materials on this site are the products of named organizations that are solely responsible for their content. Objective summaries and factual comparisons of the guidelines at this site are prepared by AHCPR's contractor, ECRI, in consultation with the responsible organizations that prepared the respective guidelines. The authors and publishers of every document at this site are identified at the beginning of each document. Library. This site lets the physician select two or three guidelines and will do a side-by-side comparison.

Continuing Medical Education (in addition to aggregators above)


A large collection of instant online CME and board review courses, but requires a credit card for registration.

Consumer Health

Consumer Health Resources (Yale Medical Library)

Many of these sources include regular subject-oriented mailings to consumers.