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Get rid of your text books and find the latest information from the internet

  • By: Alexander F Young, Jonathan Bloor
  • Published: 22 June 2009
  • DOI: 10.1136/sbmj.b2396
  • Cite this as: Student BMJ 2009;17:b2396

The amount of information available to students and doctors is always growing, and staying up to date with the latest research, guidelines, and news can seem impossible. Trawling through online journals, countless news sites, and searching for the latest papers is time consuming, and it is easy to miss information.

Web 2.0 applications, such as social networking, web feeds, podcasts, and Twitter, are changing the way that medical information can be distributed, enabling large volumes of information from many sources to be browsed quickly on a computer or mobile device. These free tools can bring information directly to you. A recent study has found that 45% of medical schools are adopting Web 2.0 tools for teaching, so there is no better time to get started.1

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