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Effective Database Searching: MEDLINE (Ovid)

This guide to key library databases helps you decide which databases to use and assists you in searching them more effectively.

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MEDLINE (Ovid) Overview

Hosted by Ovid, MEDLINE Is the premier biomedical database from the National Library of Medicine. Covers all biomedical subjects including medicine, biological & physical sciences, nursing, healthcare management, & information science as it relates to healthcare.


- Automatically maps your search terms to preferred medical subject headings (MeSH)

- Offers proximity searching. For example, lung adj5 transplant allows you to search for a string of terms within 5 words of lung and transplant such as  lung and antibiotics therapy in transplant

- Includes citations back to 1946.  Search MEDLINE In-Process to find the most recently published articles. Search Old MEDLINE for articles dating from 1946.

- Includes references to the evidence-based Cochrane Systematic Reviews

- Structured approach to searching for complex topics

- Search different Ovid databases at one time, e.g., you can search MEDLINE & EMBASE simultaneously (however, the "Map Term to Subject Heading" feature, which automatically utilizes a database controlled vocabulary, such as MeSH or EMTREE, is disengaged).


- When performing a subject search, you must select the Explode option to expand search results

- Conference abstracts are not indexed

- Unlike PubMed, there is not a direct link to consumer health information from MedlinePlus

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