Current Awareness

There are lots of ways to keep up to date with the most recent information in your specialty, see below for a summary of our recommendations.


What is Netvibes?

Netvibes is our new current awareness portal for keeping you up to date with the latest healthcare information, tailored to different specialties, all in one place.

Find top journals in your specialty, news feeds, useful links and more - all neatly packaged under a single tab for your convenience.

Once you have checked out your specialty, have a look at our tabs for Phone Apps, Journal Club, Search Resources, Health News and RSS feeds for the Big Four journals!

If you can not find your specialty, just get in touch with us and we'll put a page together for you.

Journal Contents Alerting Services


JournalTOCs is the biggest searchable collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs).

This free service contains TOCs for over 19,390 journals, directly collected from over 1115 publishers.

Sign up to:

  • Follow your favourite journals 

  • Have permanent access to your Followed journals

  • Be alerted when new issues of your Followed journals are published

  • Save and export articles

  • Save searches, so you can create your own email alerts and RSS feeds based on your saved searches


Amedeo is a free service which offers a weekly medical literature guide, from topics and journals you choose.

Subscribe to receive:

  • weekly Amedeo literature newsletters with an overview of new articles published in your personal journal subset (by email)
  • a weekly update of your personal Amedeo web page displaying the abstracts of your journal subset articles
  • an overview of the medical literature published in relevant journals over the past 12 to 24 months


What is RSS?

If you are interested in lots of different websites whose content changes regularly, repeatedly checking each website to see if there is any new content can be very tedious. RSS provides a solution.

RSS is a format for delivering regularly changing web content, for example, news items and journal tables of contents, as a feed to a feed reader. This means you can easily keep up to date with the latest information from websites you are interested in, as soon as its published and all in one place.

Where do I start?

To read an RSS feed, you need an RSS feed reader. This is a piece of software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added.  There are several versions available, some need to be downloaded to your computer, others are web based. Browser-based readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer.

See our guide below for more information on how to get a feed reader.

How do I get feeds?

Once you have your reader set up, all you need to do is to decide what content you want it to receive.

First look for the RSS icon, to see if RSS feeds are available on a website. If you click on the RSS icon you can subscribe to the feed in different ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your RSS reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your RSS reader.

How do I set up an RSS feed reader?

Download our RSS feed reader guide for step-by-step instructions.


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Saved searches

Using NHS Evidence to search on Medline, Embase or other databases (logged in via Athens), you can save your search and set it to run on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis, emailing you any new items that have been added since the last search. For more details on NHS Evidence, please go to our Search Tools and Databases page. 


Written weekly by Richard Lehman, an Oxford GP, Journal Watch provides a personal comment on articles from the main medical journals selected for their interest to doctors.

Google Alerts 

Create an effective search in Google or Google Scholar, then copy the URL of that search into Google Alerts. Make sure you are logged in to Google, otherwise you may not be able to edit or delete the alert later.