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UpToDate: Searching UpToDate

Search Tips

  • UpToDate recognizes most abbreviations, synonyms, and acronyms.
  • Automatically searches across specialties. 
  • Drug information automatically links to Lexicomp.
  • Capitalization is not necessary.
  • Cannot search by author, journal title, or year.
  • Search phrase can consist of one or more terms.
  • Be specific when necessary.

See the Health Sciences Literature Searching Pathfinder for more research tips. 

Performing a Search in UpToDate

Go to UpToDate via the Gumbery Library website. Multipass credentials are required if logging in from off campus. 

Type search term(s) in the new New Search box then click Search:


Your results will display in order of relevance based on your search terms.

On the left of the results screen, you can prioritize your results by Adult, Pediatric, or Patient:


Select Graphics to view diagnostic images, figures, forms, movies, pictures, tables, etc.:


Click on the title of a topic to display that topic's information, or hover the mouse over a topic title to view an outline of the topic:


When drug information is available, you can automatically link to Lexicomp by clicking the drug name:

See the Searching Lexicomp page for more information.

The GRADE System

UpToDate uses the GRADE System for rating clinical guidelines. 

To view the GRADE of a suggested treatment, open an article and click Summary and Recommendations on the left under Topic Outline:

You will be directed to the Summary and Recommendations portion of the article, where you can view the GRADE of a treatment. Click the GRADE rating to find out what the rating means:

For this example, "A Grade 2B recommendation is a weak recommendation; alternative approaches may be better for some patients under some circumstances."

For more detailed information on UpToDate's grading process, click here.

FAQs and Tutorials

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