The following is a list of online services that perform searches of
databases on a regular basis and produce a report for users. You may
find these services useful if you periodically perform the same search, or
if you would like to be notified of new articles in your field of
interest. Certain databases may be restricted to UIC users.
Services which search PubMed/MEDLINE
PubMed offers a
My NCBI feature to store search strategies.
PubCrawler is a free "alerting" service that scans daily updates to the
MEDLINE (PubMed) and GenBank databases. The results are presented as an
HTML Web page or you can receive them via e-mail.
BioMail regularly searches MEDLINE through PubMed and e-mails results to users.
Other Article Index Databases
These services allow you to run a search repeatedly in online article
indexes to find citations on a specific topic.
Multiple databases are available through the OVID search interface.
These include: AARP AGELINE; CINAHL; EBM Reviews; ERIC;
Health and Psychosocial Instruments; International Pharmaceutical
Abstracts; MEDLINE; and PsycINFO.
To set up a saved search for an OVID database, follow the instructions below:
- After a search has been done in OVID - users can opt to store searches
and have results automatically emailed. Perform your search as normal in
the OVID Database that you select. When you are finished entering in the
search strategy that you would like to save, click on "Save Search /
Alert" link. NOTE: although your entire search history will be
saved you will only get results on the basis of what is in the last line
of your search history.
- Enter in your user name and password that you have created. If you
have not created one, you may do so at this point.
- Enter in a name for the search and under TYPE, select "permanent" if
you want to log in to run the search or select "AutoAlert SDI" if you want
to receive regular emails of new citations. If you select Auto Alert SDI
you must also enter your email address and indicate the frequency that you
would like the alerts.
Web of Knowledge
Web of Knowledge offers the option to save
a search in any of its databases. These databases include Web of
Science (Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index,
and Arts & Humanities Citation Index), Biological Abstracts, and
Current Contents. UIC users have the option of setting up a search
that is run on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. The results are then
emailed to you. You can also establish a Cited Articles search so that
you are notified whenever your own publications are cited by someone else.
Additionally, users can create a table of contents alert for their
You can find more information about this by selecting the HELP option
near the top of the main Web of Knowledge page. To register for this
service please see the
ISI New User Registration .
The EMBASE database also offers options to save searches and to receive
email alerts. Selections for these options can be found on the left
sidebar menu of the main screen.
Other Current Awareness Services
Essential Evidence Plus (formerly InfoPOEMS - Daily POEMS Database)
This system provides brief synthesized
information to clinicians. UIC users can opt to have the daily POEMS
emailed directly to them. To set up this feature, just send an email to
Deb Blecic (firstname.lastname@example.org) requesting to receive DailyPOEMS by
Elsevier Science provides a number of alerting and awareness services in
support of its journal publishing program. Some services are free, while
others are only available to subscribing institutions. Select
"Alerts" from the top menu bar. You can then register for a username
Faculty of 1000
Faculty of 1000 is an online research service that highlights and reviews
the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences, based on
the recommendations of a faculty of well over 1000 selected leading
researchers. You may establish your own account (My Faculty 1000) and
save searches. Results will be emailed to you on a regular basis.
Alert Services for Funding Resources
A list produced by the University of Washington which provides access to various alerting
services for grants and funding opportunities.
Services for Finding News Items Relating to Health &
This resource has several Current Awareness sections.
On the main page for the system is a section called What's New Today which
lists a news item, This Week in Medicine, In This Week's Journals, and
more. There are also selections off the main menu for News and Drugs,
both of which list current health-related issues in the news.
This resource was created and is maintained by the National Library of
Medicine. It provides basic health information and is a meta-site for
links to credible websites on a variety of health topics. It also
includes a selection for News which includes news articles from Reuters
Health Information and HealthDay as well as recent press releases from
major medical organizations.
This resources provides access to online medical textbooks. There is also
a selection for Health News on the top menu bar. This provides
information from the Center for the Advancement of Health which includes a
section on "What Your Patients Are Reading" and "Systematic Reviews in the