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Database quick guides: Ovid

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Ovid databases DESCRIPTION EXAMPLES
Finding variations of a word
 

Wildcard characters
* replaces 0...n characters
*n replaces n characters

 

# replaces a single character anywhere in a word
? replaces possibly missing character

 

 ecolog* retrieves ecology, ecological
ecolog*1 retrieves ecology

 

wom#n retrieves woman, women
colo?r retrieves color, colour

  

Phrases

Quotation marks are not necessary

urinary tract infection*

Operators Boolean operators
AND, OR, AND NOT
 
Basic search

Write your queries in natural language.
Do not use wildcard characters. The Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) have no special meaning in Basic Search.

The records from Basic Search results are relevancy ranked.

eating disorders of adolescent girls
Multi-Field Search
Search exploits Boolean operators and wildcard characters. Select database fields (or All Fields) from the dropdown lists.  
Advanced Search

Ovid's mapping process matches a search term with the controlled vocabulary of a database.

In mapping-enabled databases (Biological Abstracts,
Medline)
, a Map Term to Subject Heading check box displays below the keyword command line.

Select the boxes of the results sets you want to combine, then choose a Boolean operator from the search history.

 

 

 

If mapping feature is not available or selected, Ovid looks for your keywords in the default multi-purpose (.mp) set of fields (f.ex. in Books@Ovid). neorealism AND Italy
Tips

Results from another search options (Advanced Search, Multi-Field Search) can be combined in search history.
No search results from a Basic Search may be combined with any results.

 
Links

Ovid Help