NHS OpenAthens users- Act now to avoid loss of saved searches on MEDLINE and PSYCINFO (Deadline 30th March)

If you have used your NHS OpenAthens account to conduct and save searches on MEDLINE or PSYCINFO using either the NICE Evidence Healthcare Database Advanced Search (HDAS) or the Ovid SP platform you will need to take action before the end of March.

Changes will shortly be made to the suppliers of these databases following a national reprocurement. The Healthcare Database Advanced Search (HDAS) interface functionality will remain largely unchanged but there will be a significant impact on saved searches.

Any saved searches on MEDLINE or PSYCINFO made on the HDAS (Healthcare Databases Advanced Search) platform or the OvidSP platform will stop working on 30th March. To avoid loss of your searches they need to be saved externally and re-run when the databases are fully operational.

Further information and instructions on how to transfer your searches is available [PDF].

As a consequence of the change of suppliers MEDLINE and PSCYINFO will no longer be available on OvidSP via OpenAthens. HDAS will likely be the best alternative interface offering integration with EMBASE. Medline will be available via the HDAS, Proquest or EBSCO interfaces.

If you experience any problems or have any further questions, please contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk

*Resolved* Problems with offsite access to Ovid

The Ovid offsite access issues have now been resolved.

We are currently having problems with offsite access to Ovid via Shibboleth, this impacts access to databases that are on the Ovid platform (Embase, Medline, PyscInfo, Maternity and Infant Care). The issue has been logged with Ovid, and we hope that it will be resolved soon.

You can search Medline using the Ebscohost search platform instead, a link is available on our Databases page. You can also access journals and articles that St George’s Library subscribes to through Hunter.

EBSCOhost Maintenance Alert – Friday 26th October

Scheduled maintenance will be taking place on EBSCOhost for 1 hour between: Friday 26th October  12pm – 1pm

Databases that would be affected are: 

AMED, Cinahl Plus, and Medline.

EBSCOhost with Navigator may experience intermittent interrupted access.  Affected functionality will include:

  • Personal User Authentication
  • Checkout and Download of eBooks
  • Alerts
  • Access to My EBSCOhost folder items or the ability to save items to personalized folders from session

EBSCOhost apologises for any inconvenience caused.