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Effective Database Searching: UpToDate

This guide to key library databases helps you decide which databases to use and assists you in searching them more effectively.

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UpToDate App

Follow these steps to access the app from your mobile device:

  • Open up UpToDate from a computer connected to the Mayo Clinic network.

  • Create an account to UpToDate.

  • Download app from iTunes or Google Play

  • Login with your username/password

  • If you have an existing UpToDate username and password, please make sure you have logged in at least once to a computer on the Mayo network before downloading the App. 

UpToDate Overview

Up to Date is a clinical resource specifically created to assist with diagnosis and treatment. Topic reviews are presented that address a specific clinical issue. Recommendations are provided for those cases that are undergoing treatment or management. Images and references are included as well as links to related topics.


- Contains synthesized topic reviews that cover all of the major aspects of a particular condition, including symptoms, tests and diagnosis, and treatment options

- Topic outlines allow for easy navigation and delineate different types of content such as graphics and references

- References link directly to the library catalog

- Topic reviews are written by clinicians and undergo a peer-review process; the date of last revision is also displayed

- Treatment recommendations are graded to quickly assess their strength and quality of the evidence

- A number of clinical calculators are available

- The What's New tab highlights important updates

- Printable patient information is readily available

- CME is available for physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners


- Represents only 16 medical specialties 

- An updated version of UpToDate is released every four months

- Remote access is not available for UpToDate; you must be on campus to use



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