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Searching MEDLINE through OvidSP

Searching MEDLINE through OvidSP

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A guide to searching Medline content through the Ovid interface.
A guide to searching Medline content through the Ovid interface.

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Published by: UTHSC Libraries on Nov 16, 2011
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Getting Started
On campus, click the
link in the Database menu. Off-campus, then click on the
Log in from off-campus
on the Library home page.
To Begin Your Search
First, click on
on the “Ovid News” screen, and then click on the database
name and access dates youwish to search. (TIP: Ovid MEDLINE allows a limited number of simultaneous users. If you receive a messagethat all licenses are in use, wait a few minutes and then try again.)
SearchingSearching by Subject Heading
“Advanced Search” is the best way to search
Ovid. With Advanced, you can easily matchyour search term to a subject heading.Enter a word or phrase in the box and click Search. The box labeled
Map Term to Subject Heading
should bechecked by default. This causes Ovid to match the term that you entered with a term in the Medical SubjectHeadings (MeSH) OR to suggest possible terms if it cannot find an exact match.I
f a suitable term appears on the next screen, click on the underlined term to see the “tree.” Your term
will be highlighted, and the tree screen will show you how your term is related in a hierarchy to termswhich are broader or narrower than the term you entered.To see the
Scope Note
(or definition) for an explanation of the heading, click on the blue
should be used to include the narrower concepts in your search. If you wish to retrieve only articleswhere the term (or terms) is one of the main points being discussed, also click in the
box to the right of the term. [Note: Explode and focusing are separate decisions. You can choose to do either, neither, or both.]
Searching by Keyword or Textword
(exact word or phrase appears in the title or abstract)
Searching MEDLINE through Ovid
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If no suitable term appears in the list of term choices on the subject heading screen, click in the box tothe left of the last option on that screen to perform a Keyword search, or
Click on the Search Fields tab above the search box and select the title and abstract fields, or
You may truncate your keyword search to find alternate word endings by using a $ (for any number of characters) or a ? (to find one or no additional characters).
Combining Result Sets
Once at least two result sets have been created, you can combine the groups to find narrower results.
Click in the box to the left of the sets you want to combine and choose AND or OR buttons.
Choose AND to require that all search terms be present in every item (this will decrease theamount of information retrieved), or
Choose OR to require at least one of the search terms in every result (this will increase theamount of information retrieved).
Limiting a Set
Limits are found under the Search box. To see additionallimits or add limits to the main screen, click
Edit Limits
or use
Additional Limits
to see all choices.
Many frequently used limits, including those used to limit tohumans, age group, English language articles, review articles,or only citations with abstracts, are available.
After selecting one or more limit, click
to limit thecurrent set of results.
Full Text Articles
 Although the full text of articles is not available in MEDLINE, links to even more full text may be available basedon Library journal subscriptions. Links are shown next to each citation.
Ovid Full Text (when available)
links take you to the PDF as provided by Ovid.
HSC Link
will check the Library e-journal collection and show you online accessdetails.
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Managing Results
As you find relevant article results in Ovid, check the box next to each article. With one or more boxes checkedthe Tools section allows you to manage the article results.
create a list of references, either for printing or in your email. An option to format thearticle references is available in several citation styles.
takes the selected references and exports to a selected format orbibliographic management tool such as EndNote or RefWorks.
Saving Searches and Results
In order to save your work in Ovid, a Personal Account is required. At any time during a search, you can click
at the top of the page to sign in or create a personal Ovid account.First time users of My Account will need to create a new account. If youpreviously had an Ovid Account, you can use your details to sign in or toget a password reminder.Once you sign into your account, you can save your search to your account by clicking the
Save Search History
 button under the Search History section.A search strategy can be saved as temporary,permanent or with AutoAlert.Temporary searches are saved for 168hours and permanent searches are saveduntil you choose to remove the searchfrom your account.

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