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Health & Medicine Database Search Tips: UpToDate

Tips on searching some of our health and medicine databases, including how to narrow your topic, find the exact article, and request articles we don't have access to.

Conduct a Search

Searches can be conducted from the main search page or in the search bar above the blue clinical toolbar on the search results page or topic review pages.

Drug Database

With UpToDate's drug monographs — each containing details for adult, pediatric, and geriatric populations — you are equipped to make confident decisions for each unique patient.


UpToDate contains more than 37,000 graphics – including videos, images, tables, and algorithms. UpToDate allows you to search graphics relevant to your search term.


UpToDate provides easy access to more than 210 medical calculators right in the workflow. All calculators are fully referenced and continuously updated.

Drug Interactions

The drug interactions program provides more in-depth analysis of drug-drug, herb-drug and herb-herb interactions.  The Drug Interactions tool can be found in the top blue clinical toolbar.

Patient Education

UpToDate provides more than 1,500 patient education topics, plus more than 1,000 translated into universal Spanish and Arabic, that facilitate clinician-patient communication. Written at an accessible level and infused with pictures and graphics, these materials educate and promote shared decision making based on medical evidence, clinical recommendations, and patient preference.