Connecting to Ovid | Subject
Searching | Subheadings
| Combining Terms With Boolean Operators
| Limit Set | Printing,
E-mailing, and Downloading Records | Author
Searching | Journal Searching
| Logging Out
Ovid is a search engine and interface for the following databases: MEDLINE,
MEDLINE In-Progress, OLDMEDLINE, HealthSTAR, International Pharmaceutical
Abstracts (IPA), Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI), BIOSIS Previews,
Books@Ovid (textbooks), and the EBM Reviews-ACP Journal Club, and CCTR
Ovid databases include links to the library's full-text electronic journals.
Identify the main concepts in your search.
Sample topic: Can allergies cause headaches?
Enter one of your main concepts in the Enter Keyword or Phrase
To take advantage of Ovid features, you must search each concept separately
and then combine them.
Make sure that Map Term to Subject Heading is
checked. Click on the Search button.
Your keyword will map to a Subject Heading in the databases where this
function is available. If mapping is not available, your term will be
searched as a keyword.
- Select the best Subject Heading for your concept. To read the definition
of a Subject Heading, click on the "i" icon to see the scope
note. If your search did not map to a desirable Subject Heading, select
the box in front of Search as Keyword.
- Click on the Subject Heading to view terms that are more general (left)
and more specific (right).
- Select the Explode box if you wish to retrieve citations
for the selected term and all of its more specific terms.
- Select the Focus box if you wish to limit your search
to those documents in which your subject heading represents the major
focus of the article.
- You can select both Explode and Focus if you want your term or one
of its narrower terms to be the major point of the citations.
Click in the box in front of Include All Subheadings,
or to find particular aspects of a topic, select the subheadings you want
from the list.
Repeat the previous steps for your remaining search concepts. After searching
each aspect of your topic separately, combine them using the Boolean operators
AND, OR, or NOT.
1 AND 2
The articles discuss BOTH CONCEPTS of headache and hypersensitivity.
1 OR 2
The articles discuss EITHER headache or hypersensitivity.
1 NOT 2
The articles discuss hypersensitivity but do NOT MENTION headache.
To restrict the results of a search to one or more specific limits, such
as human, local holdings, English, or review articles, use the checkboxes
under Limits. To see additional limit options, such as age groups
and publications types, click on More Limits.
To select records, use the checkboxes in the front of the citations.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to the Results Manager
and select the desired options.
- To print, first select Print Preview from
the Actions column. Wait until the entire display is
completed. If you don't wait, you may receive a partial printout or
an error message. Next, select Print from the browser software.
- To email records, select Email from
the Actions column. Input your email address.
- To download records, select Save from
the Actions column. This will invoke your browser's save utility. Make
the desired selection and be sure to indicate the appropriate drive
or location on the computer.
Click on the Author tab. The command line will
prompt you to enter a last name, followed by the first initial (if known).
From the resulting Index Display, choose all applicable author names.
If you don't know the first initial of the author, type "lastname
$.au." on the Enter Keyword or Phrase line on the
Main Search Screen. (Note there is a space after the author's last name.)
||finds articles by RJ Brown, Jr., Sr., III, etc.
||finds articles by R Brown, regardless of the middle initial
||finds articles by Brown, regardless of the first or middle initials
Click on the Journal tab to search for documents that
appear in a particular journal. You will be prompted to enter the first
few letters of the journal name, without abbreviations. From the Index
Display, choose the journal name that matches your query.
ALWAYS Logoff at the top of the page when you are finished
with your search session. If you don't, you and other users may be locked
out of Ovid for a time.