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UpToDate Guide

A quick guide on how to use UpToDate, a point-of-care health information resource.

Accessing UpToDate

UpToDate is a point-of-care resource for health information. The content is written, reviewed, and updated by expert physicians and provide specific recommendations for patient care. To access UpToDate:

1. Go to https://spokane.wsu.edu/library/

2. Under "Frequently Used Databases", select UpToDate

Using UpToDate

Searching on UpToDate

To begin a search, type your search term into the search bar. A drop-down list of suggested terms may appear.

Screenshot of search for

Results on UpToDate

There are several things to pay attention to on the results list. Each result includes the title along with three links to key sections within the article.

Results on UpToDate

At the top of the screen, there will be filter options, which will allow you to limit the results by Adult, Pediatric, or Patient. You may also limit results to graphics.

screenshot of UpToDate's filters: All, Adult, Pediatric, Patient, and Graphics

Results on UpToDate

On the right side of each result, you can select the arrow button to see a quick look at the topic summary outline for that item. It includes links to every section within the article, allowing you to quickly navigate to the most relevant information.

screenshot of Topic Outline for one item including Summary and Recommendations, Introduction, Evaluation (and subsections) and Glycemic control

Navigating an UpToDate Summary

On the left side of the page, you will see the Topic Outline again, and will be able to select links to the most relevant sections of the article.

screenshot of Topic Outline for one item with Summary and Recommendations selected

Navigating an UpToDate Summary

The articles within UpToDate are designed to be informative and easily navigated. There are many links within an article that allow you to jump to graphics, references, and related UpToDate articles.

Screenshot of text with links to other UpToDate related items

References

Each UpToDate summary is heavily researched, and every reference is listed at the bottom, complete with links to a full citation and a link to the referenced article in PubMed.

screenshot of UpToDate references for one item, 5 out of 6 are linked

References

Selecting a reference will link to an abstract of that article and a link to the article via the WSU Libraries.

screenshot of UpToDate abstract for one item including a link at the top to full-text
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