Searching Aids for Medline (Ovid)

November 12, 2010

Here are some timesavers (boolean operators) which you can use in the above database. Some of you asked me about these in one of our sessions so here you are:

Search individual fields by typing in the search box. Remember to remove the tick in the box from Map Term to Subject Heading.

Eg

.tiĀ  searches title only
.ab searches abstract
.tw searches title and abstract

Author Searching

author a.au searches author surname and first inital ‘a’
author$.au searcher surname with any initial

Use adj and a number to search to for words adjacent to each other or within 3, 4 or 5 words of one another.

Eg

breast.ti adj4 neoplasm.ti

will search for references where the term neoplasm occurs within 4 words of the termĀ  breast in the title.

Happy searching.