Changes to the Advanced Search in Ovid

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.

Screenshot of Ovid’s Medline interface with the Map Term to Subject Heading box unticked

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


*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.

Information Skills Training Sessions

This year we are offering a revised set of information skills training sessions to help support SGUL staff and students.

Come along to one of our free sessions to brush up on your information finding or evaluating skills, or book onto one of our new sessions to find out more about how to use:

Citation metrics to your advantage
Social media to raise your research profile

Selected dates are below, please see our information skills workshop page for full information.

Please contact to book

Searching databases using Ebscohost
Thursday 15th Jan 12-1pm
Thursday 12th Feb 12-1pm

Searching databases using OvidSP
Tuesday 9th Feb 12-1pm

Monday 26th January 12-1pm
Thursday 19th February 12-1pm
Tuesday 3rd March 12-1pm

Introduction to Critical Appraisal
Thursday 22nd January 3.30-5pm
Wednesday 18th March 10.30-12pm

Keeping Up to Date
Wednesday 11th February 3.30-5pm
Wednesday 25th March 3-4.30pm

Citation Metrics – an overview
Thursday 22nd January 12-1pm

Social Media for Researchers
Monday 2nd February 12-1pm
Please note date/time change to Wed 25th February 11.30 – 12.30 pm

Update to Ovid SP: 19th January

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

Six Oxford Handbooks now available online

The following e-books are now available through Books@Ovid:

  • Oxford Handbook of Clinical Diagnosis
  • Oxford Handbook of Clinical Surgery
  • Oxford Handbook of Clinical Examination and Practical Skills
  • Oxford Handbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties
  • Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry

Click here for access, or search the Library Catalogue

Please note that access to these e-books requires an SGUL login