Keeping up with the literature in your field is necessary, but can be time-consuming!
This post is about 3 different, but similar, FREE apps that are designed to make the process much easier. Each has included the UAB proxy server in its options, so you will be able to link to the full text PDFS in a click for many articles that UAB licenses. Which one(s) you use is really a matter of personal preference. The apps are Docwise, Docphin, and Read (by QxMD.) You download them at the iTunes App Store.
All 3 of them feature:
- An easy-to-use interface.
- Settings to choose the journals to display whose current issues you want to read.
- Searches to find a specific article, or articles on a topic (keyword searches.)
- Once the topic is found, the ability to set alerts and topic updates so all new articles will be identified when published.
- Can have email updates when new articles meeting your criteria are published.
- One click sharing through Social Media such as Twitter.
- The ability to favorite a PDF so you can read it when you are offline or traveling.
- Easy access to the full text article for most UAB holdings (after you set automatic log in with your Blazer ID and password.)
- Please note: These links work very well for content UAB licenses directly from the publisher, but may not work for content purchased from other vendors and will not work for unlicensed content that is not freely available.
- The app developers work with the publishers and Lister Hill Library simply provides the proxy settings. Often it is not clear why full text is not displayed, but the library cannot do anything about it. We can help you get any articles need, though. Simply Ask a Librarian.
- Still, for a great many journals, this process is fast and nearly seamless.
Docwise includes a customizable news feed from sources including CDC, FDA, Forbes, Time, Washington Post, CNN, Medscape and more. If you want to be able to scan current medical news in the same app as literature, this is very useful.
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Docphin includes a section on landmark articles, by speciality. The app covers approximately 250 carefully selected journals. News from feeds chosen by Docphin, and including some Twitter feeds, is aggregated into the Medstream feature.
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Read allows you to choose to follow specialties, journals, collections and keyword searches. It aggregates and highlights important articles under the “Featured” tab, although it is not clear how these are chosen.