Ovid Access

March 29, 2011

The off campus links are now restored. Let us know if you still have any problems.



Ovid off campus

March 28, 2011

Some of you have reported problems accessing the ovid databases off campus. We are checking this out, hopefully won’t be too long to rectify the problem. I’ll keep you updated.

You can use this link while our usual ones aren’t working.


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.


.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.


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.

OvidSP Tutorials from Yale

October 19, 2009

Hi All

Stumbled accross these OvidSP video tutorials from Cushing / Whitney Medical Library, Yale University Library. They’re short and sweet – give them a go if you need further help with using Ovid/Medline.

Happy searching!