We are making changes to the default search settings in our Ovid databases, due to user feedback. This will affect searches carried out in Ovid Medline, EMBASE, PsycINFO, Maternity & Infant Care and Global Health databases.
When entering search terms in the advanced search field in Ovid, you’ll have previously been prompted to search the database index for Subject Headings. We’ve now turned this feature off, so that Ovid will search for your terms as keyword(s) by default.
The new, simplified interface will offer more flexibility. By allowing you to simultaneously search across multiple fields, you will retrieve more results. You will also be able to transfer your search from one Ovid database to another more easily.
The new settings also mean that you will no longer need to know the correct Subject Heading before starting your search. You will, of course, still be able to use subject headings – just make sure the ‘Map Term to Subject Heading’ box is ticked before you click the Search button. Remember, a robust search strategy will usually use a mixture of keyword and subject heading searches.
We’re also changing the way your results are displayed, by automatically showing you the article abstract as you scroll through your results. This will allow you to see at a glance whether the results will be of use to you.
We hope these changes will help users navigate the Ovid search tool more effectively. If you’d like to feedback on these changes, or would like to arrange training on using Ovid, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
We have been advised that work to enhance the OvidSP platform will be undertaken on Thursday 19th January. However, there is no foreseen disruption to service at this time, so you should be able to continue to work as usual. The changes will take effect when you next login after the update has taken place.
Features of the new release will include the ability to export citations to Excel, and a number of changes to the user interface:
An enlarged Ovid Resource Box
Simpler way to change Ovid Resource selections
Access to Print/Email/Export/Add to My Projects quick-click buttons at the bottom of the search results screen
New Advanced Search entry tips to promptly search by Keyword, Author, Title and Journal
More prominent navigation within Journals A-Z
Resources accessed on the OvidSP platform at SGUL include: Medline, Embase, PschINFO, Maternity and Infant Care, and HMIC