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Medical Sciences : Research Resources: Keeping up-to-date

Guide to Oxford University library resources for postgraduates, postdocs and researchers in the Medical Sciences Division.
Subjects: Medicine

How do I Keep Up to Date?

  provides access to tables of contents (TOCs) of nearly 25 000 scholarly journals, including open access journals. 

You can

  • search for journals by title or for articles by keyword.
  • set up alerts to receive tables of contents of the latest issues of journals.

Go to JournalTOCS, create an account and start your selection.



provides free alerts on the literature indexed in PubMed.  To set up an alert, register on PubMed Crawler and enter your keywords. Once registered, you can modify your keywords, enter a new search alert or change the time you receive alert emails.

Search alerts & Citation alerts

Search alerts/feeds

You can set up alerts for new articles on your subject, in databases like Scopus, Web of Science or PubMed. Do a search, create an account, and choose Save search / Set alert,  to get automatic updates on new articles which match your search.


Citation alerts/feeds

Many databases also allow you to create Cited Article Alerts, so you can be notified when a particular paper is next cited (and track who is citing you!).

Top Papers

On the Web

News and tips for students & researchers: