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Medical Database Guides: UpToDate

How to Use UpToDate

Access UpToDate

From the Databases page on the Library homepage, select UpToDate This database can be accessed on campus only.

For UpToDate mobile app, please see the Medical Mobile Apps Library Guide.

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UpToDate is a point-of-care resource for health information. It is an evidence-based, peer-reviewed clinical resource to assist with diagnosis and treatment by providing specific answers to clinical questions, increasing users’ clinical knowledge and improving patient care.

Quick Search:

1. On the top main menu bar, click on the pull down menu of Contents for more options. The What's New icon allows you view updates by a list of specialty topics. Select Practice Changing UpDates to check for recent updates of practice guidelines. 

2. To begin a search, type your search term into the search box. Possible search terms include names of diseases, symptoms, laboratory abnormalities, procedures, drugs, and classes of drugs.

View your Search Results:

3.  At the top of the search results page, results can be filtered by Adult, Pediatric, and Patient. Each result includes title along with three direct links to the key sections within the article.

4. Click on any of the search results, the left panel provides links to every section within the article. This allows easy navigation to the most relevant content.


UpToDate offers calculators associated to different medical specialties:

  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiovascular medicine 
  • Dermatology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Endocrinology and diabetes
  • Family medicine and general practice
  • Gastroenterology and hepatology
  • General surgery and more

To access, select Calculators at the top left hand corner of the page.  

Drug Information

Lexicomp drug information is directly integrated into UpToDate. You may search for drug information on UpToDate platform.

Quick Search

1. Enter the drug name into the search box. 

2. Search results related to the drug e.g. warfarin will be displayed. Select the generic one.

3. For more detailed information on the drug, select the direct link to access them on Lexicomp database.

Drug Interactions

You may also search drug interactions on the UptoDate platform. Select Drug Interactions from the top main menu bar and enter the drug names for analysis.