Ovid MEDLINE is produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care. Information is indexed from approximately 5,600 journals published worldwide.
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The US National Library of Medicine's (NLM) MEDLINE database is available via multiple sources, with ANZCA providing access via the NCBI PubMed and Ovid platforms.
Use Ovid MEDLINE to:
For a full comparison of both services, see Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries comparison chart.
An Ovid MEDLINE personal account can be used to save searches and create alerts:
Advanced Search Techniques
Ovid's advanced searching techniques lets you enter special commands instead of having to type or retype long statements each time you conduct a search.
Map Term to Subject Heading
Map Term to Subject Heading is usually checked by default. Once you click Search, a MeSH tree will be displayed which will allow you to select broader and more specific headings to help you narrow down your topic and expand your results.
From there you have the option to:
It is possible to save both a search strategy in Ovid MEDLINE (for later re-use), and to utilise that search as the basis of a search alert.
Please Note: These features require that the user have a personal account in Ovid MEDLINE so you can access My Workspace (see the dedicated info box for further details).
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It is possible to access ANZCA Library Fulltext via Ovid MEDLINE.
It is possible to request articles via Ovid MEDLINE.
Clinical queries limits in Medline
Clinical Queries is a feature in the OVID Medline database that allows the user to limit searches using specific search strategies to aid in retrieving scientifically sound and clinically relevant study reports indexed in Medline databases. With Clinical Queries limits, you can cast a wide net of results by filtering the highest quality content, eliminate the noise by eliminating low quality studies or get a balance of both when trying to find clinically relevant material. You will get consistent, accurate results no matter who is performing the search.
To limit your Medline search to the best evidence-producing studies, click on Additional Limits and then limit by Clinical Queries.
Searches can be refined using specific search strategies designed to produce results in 9 research areas: Therapy, Diagnosis, Prognosis, Reviews, Clinical Prediction Guides, Qualitative, Causation (Etiology), Costs, and Economics.
As research may require different emphasis, three strategies are provided for each area:
This new, powerful search building tool allows users to quickly build and launch sophisticated literature searches using the Ovid platform. Search for information about drugs, with on screen prompts for refining searches to get the results you need in less time.
Step 1: Select the Ovid MEDLINE database
Access Ovid MEDLINE
(users will be required to authenticate using their ANZCA ID and password
This database consists of journal references from over 5,600 journals, and is frequently updated (weekly or daily)
Step 2: Select the Ovid Search Builder
Step 3: Build your search
This search input screen as the first step in your literature search, which provides you with a fully developed search strategy (combining the terms for you!).
Database syntax for searching
Flinders University library have produced a database syntax guide to assist with the searching of most major databases.
Ovid Support & Training Center
The Ovid Support & Training Center has a variety of training resources, including:
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