The Galter Library teaches a related class called Basic Ovid MEDLINE. See our Classes schedule for the next available offering. If this class is not on our upcoming schedule, it is still available to you or your group by request.
Produced by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE is the premier database for medicine and allied health fields. Over 5,000 journals are indexed, from 1950 to the present. MEDLINE covers the fields of biomedicine, dentistry, nursing and allied health. Ovid is a company through which we access several biomedical databases, one of which is MEDLINE. For all intents and purposes, PubMed and Ovid MEDLINE access the same citations, so there is no need to search both.
Sign in to the library website first to guarantee access to all full-text resources linked from Ovid MEDLINE.
The default search in Ovid is Advanced Search which contains MeSH term mapping, MeSH subheadings and all of the other functionality you are familiar with when using the Ovid databases. The search examples outlined below illustrate how to search using Advanced Search.
There are six different search options in Ovid.
Mapping to Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
MEDLINE uses a language called Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) to index the articles in the database. MeSH terms provide a way to search all articles on a topic by using one phrase to describe a particular topic. For example, the MeSH term "lung neoplasms" is used for searching all of the following: lung cancer, pulmonary cancer, pulmonary neoplasms, cancer of the lung. It is easier to use the one MeSH term than to try to think of all the possibilities for lung cancer.
Click the box in front of Include All Subheadings if you want all articles on your topic. If you want to limit your search to particular aspects of a topic, select the appropriate subheadings.
Click Limits to quickly limit your search retrieval to articles in English, published within specific years, etc. Quick limits are available on the main search page while additional limits can also be selected.
There are several options available for displaying references within Ovid.
Find Similar retrieves citations that contain related words and synonyms in their titles.
Find Citing Articles retrieves citations that have cited the chosen article within the Journals@Ovid collection. Note: For a more thorough citation analysis try a cited reference search in Web of Science/Web of Knowledge.
Click Next to see subsequent records in your list.
It is advisable to use the navigation buttons within Ovid to move between pages. Using the back button of your browser may result in expired pages and you will lose your work!
The most effective way to print, save or e-mail your records is to look through the list of records first and display them at the end. Select the articles you want by placing a checkmark in the box in front of the record. When you have finished selecting your records, use the output options above your search results, to print, e-mail, or export the records.
Depending on which output option you choose, a pop-up window with a number of options will appear. The Print, Email, and Export options allow you to select how much information you want to include. Your choices are: Citation, Citation + Abstract, Citation + Abstract + Subject Headings, or Complete Reference (Complete Reference does not include full-text. To print full-text, choose the Full-text link next to the citation in the results list, where available).
Both Print and Email allow you to select how you would like the citation(s) to be formatted such as AMA, APA, Chicago style or others.
The Export option allows you to export the citation(s) to Word, a PDF, or to a choice of citation managers such as EndNote or Reference Manager. For further instructions on direct export to EndNote, see the relevant section of the EndNote Basics guide.
Add to My Projects is a new feature in Ovid. Create work projects and organize all of your research materials—individual articles, search strategies, images, and more—into a dedicated area. While you’re not limited to materials you find in Ovid, you will need an Ovid Personal Account to access these tools.
It is also possible to save searches to the Ovid server. You will then be able to re-run those searches at another time. A personal Ovid account is required for this feature.
At the bottom of your search history is a Save Search History button. It will not appear until you have performed at least one search in Ovid.
When you save a search history, you will be prompted to log into your personal Ovid account or create an account at that time. You can have more than one Ovid account (e.g. you may want to have one for your own searches and one that several people can access for collaboration).
View Saved: Located in the upper right corner, this link allows you to access searches you have previously saved.