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                                                                    Sources Guide
                                                                                        The Library

                                          Ovid SP
Ovid SP allows access to the following databases:
AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine) – indexes a selection of journals in
complementary medicine, palliative care and several professions allied to medicine.
BNI (British Nursing Index) – a bibliographic database that indexes articles from the most
popular English language nursing journals published primarily in the UK.
Books @ Ovid – currently provides access to five nursing text books to view online.
HaPI (Health and Psychosocial Instruments) – assists researchers, practitioners, educators
and students to identify measures needed for research studies, grant proposals, clients/
patient assessment, class papers/projects/theses/dissertations and programme evaluation.
HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium) – indexes data from the Libraries of the
NHS and the King’s Fund.
International Bibliography of Social Sciences – a bibliographic database containing
information from an international selection of publications in the fields of economics, political
science, sociology and anthropology.
Journals @Ovid full text – is an aggregate database of several hundred scientific and
medical journals from over 50 publishers. It includes citations and brief abstracts. Full text is
available for a limited number of publications (see Your Journals @OVID).
Maternity and Infant Care – an essential database for professionals involved in the care
of women and infants, and contains over 120,000 references to journal articles from over
550 international English language journals, books and grey literature relating to pregnancy,
labour, birth, postnatal care and neonatal care and the first year of an infant’s life. Key
topics include: sudden infant death and infant mortality, neonatal care and intensive care,
antenatal health issues, screening and ethical and professional issues.
Medline – the United States National Library of Medicine’s premier bibliographic database
covering: medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, allied health, pre-clinical
sciences and biomedicine.
PsycARTICLES – a subset of Journals @Ovid Full text and Your Journals @Ovid limiting
searches to full text American Psychological Association publications.
PsycEXTRA – a gray literature database relating to psychology, behavioural sciences and
PsycINFO – citations and abstracts of journal articles in psychology and psychological
aspects of related disciplines.
Your Journals@Ovid – a subset of Journals @OVID FullText limited to full text journals.

  On campus access

     Go to the Student Channel at
     Click on the e-Library link, and enter your network username and password.
     Click on the Find Database link, type Ovid and click Go.
     Click on the Ovid SP title.

  Off campus access

     To access Ovid off campus (outside the University) go to:
  You will require your Athens username and password to access this database. It can be
  found in the password.txt file on your F: drive. If you require help with this ask at an
  Enquiry Desk, email, or telephone 0161 295 2444.

Select a database to begin searching
Once you have accessed the Ovid SP database you will be asked to select the database
that you wish to search. To do this tick the relevant box and click on Open selected

For the purposes of this user guide we will be searching Medline.

Basic search
A basic search allows you to check for articles using article title, journal name and author
surname options.
1. Select the Basic Search tab.
2. Type a subject, phrase, topic or question.
3. You may wish to apply database limits. For example, you may wish to select ‘full-text
   articles’ or ‘articles published over the last 5 years’, or both.
   In this example, a limit of ‘articles published over the last 5 years’ is to be applied. Click
   on the ‘Limits’ tab and next to publication year enter 2004 and 2009.
4. You may want to tick the Include related terms box.

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What does ‘include related terms’ mean?
When you tick the ‘include related terms’ box, the search engine will carry out the search for
you and link the words in your search with other variations and synonyms. This, in effect,
will broaden your search. For example, if you have a word such as ‘childhood’ in your
search term then the database will automatically search for childhood plus childhoods, child,
children, kid and kids.

5. Click the Search button.

Results list
Having clicked the Search button you will then be presented with the results list. In this
instance the search for ‘exercise and obesity’ plus limit of ‘publication year 2005-2010’ gives
approximately 4162 results. (This figure may vary on a day to day basis).


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Ten results will be displayed per page. Each citation will display on screen accompanied by
various options on the right hand side.
These options may vary, they may include: an abstract (summary) of the article; possibly
the full text of the article. All citations will include:
   The Complete Reference – this will allow you to view the full reference and other options
    such as the subject headings for the article.
   The FIND IT button                – clicking on this button will re-direct you to the full text of
    the article if it is available.
    N.B. Although the button appears next to each listed item this does not mean that the
    article is necessarily available in full text format.

How will I know if full text is available?
 If you click the FIND IT button and the full text is available in electronic version, you will
    be taken directly to the article. If possible look for the ‘pdf’ link and click to open.

   Remember, the screen will look different according to which journal it is that you are
    looking at.
   However, if the full text is not available you will see a screen that looks similar to this

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                                            Click on ‘Get print copy in’ to search
                                            for the article in print version on the
                                            Library Catalogue. (If this option is
                                            NOT available, it means we won’t have
                                            it at Salford).

                                             Click on ‘check print holdings’ to see
                                             if the article is available at any of the
                                             other North West University libraries.
                                             Click on the drop down tab and decide
                                             which university catalogue to search.

Advanced Ovid Search
   Click on the Advanced Ovid Search icon on the toolbar.
   Check the Map Term to Subject Heading option.
    This means that the system will automatically search the thesaurus for subject headings
    that are used in the database to describe your topic.
For example, if you type in High blood pressure as a search you will find the preferred term
is hypertension (note that you can uncheck the Mapping option if you wish to use your own
search terms). Advanced search will display and retain results from each search you do. It
allows you to apply limits to searches you have already done and to combine searches.
This example shows a search for heart attack. Enter heart attack into the search box and
click Search.

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The ‘mapping display’ screen shows the subject heading to which the keyword(s) has been

Explode or Focus?
When you search using the mapping option, you will see the Explode or Focus options next
to your term(s). Explode will retrieve journal articles where the search term is mentioned,
but it may only be discussed fleetingly. It will therefore increase the number of results.
Focus will restrict the search to journal articles where the keyword(s) is the main point of the
article. It is useful if only a few results are required.

 Combining your Search Terms
 Each search you run is given a search set number (shown in the left hand column of the
 search history results table under the # symbol). You can combine searches by typing
 in the number for each set and using the operators AND, OR to combine them. The AND
 operator will reduce the number of results you retrieve by finding articles where BOTH
 searches exist. The OR operator will usually expand the number of results by looking for
 either option.
 Alternatively, tick the searches you want to combine and click on the required operator

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Example of combining searches

                                                   Type in the number of the searches you
                                                   wish to combine in the search box
                                                   Tick the searches you wish to combine and
                                                   click on ‘AND’ or ‘OR’

Limiting a search
Once you have done a search you can Limit to specify additional search parameters.
Use the keyword search (following all the steps in the example above) to do searches for the
topic MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION and OBESITY. Combine the results.
   To limit your topic click on the Limits icon under the Search box.
   Select the search you want to apply limits to.
   Tick the appropriate limit you want to apply, e.g. Full Text and click on Search.

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Additional Limits
By clicking on the Additional limits tab you can select further limits as displayed here.
Highlight the limits you wish to apply and then click on the Limit a search tab.

Search History
During your research it may be that you carry out a number of searches. OvidSP posts and
tracks search results in a Search History window so that you can:
   Combine them using AND, OR or NOT
   Delete them (if necessary)
   Save them as a search strategy for later development
   Save as an Auto Alert, a current awareness search
   Set an RSS feed to send updated search strategies

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The Search History display is located beneath the search window on the Main Search Page.

To print off your Search History
Students are often required to include evidence of their search strategy in their assignments.
Follow the steps below.

         1.    Check the boxes next to the
              articles you want to keep

                                                  2. Click on the Print icon

                                                                3. In the print citation list panel
                                                                check that you have ticked the
                                                                ‘include search history box’

                                                                        4. Click on ‘Print preview’

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When you have clicked on Print Preview the following screen will display.

You can print this screen off in the usual way by clicking on ‘File’, ‘Print’, selecting
the appropriate printer and clicking ‘OK’.

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Saving your search history to your F:drive – Step One

                               To save to your F:drive:
                                Click on ‘File’.
                                Select ‘Save as’ from the drop
                                  down menu.

Saving your search history to your F:drive – Step Two

                                         Select your F:drive (it starts with
                                          your username).
                                         Select the appropriate folder
                                         Click on Save.

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Saving your Search History within the Ovid Database
To save your searches, so that you can retrieve them and modify them while searching Ovid
at a later stage, you can save your search history by clicking on the tab Save search
history. This will then take you to the following screen where you will be prompted to create
a personal account.

                                             Click on Create a new Personal

Complete the following screen in order to create your own account. Using your network
username and password is recommended.

Save your current search by giving it an appropriate name (and you may wish to write a
comment in the comments field to help you remember details of the search you’ve done at a
later stage). Then click on Save.

Your search is now saved so you can refer back to it at a later stage and continue working.

Please note: The information contained in this guide was correct at the time of publication. A more
recent version may be available on The Library’s website at

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