MEDLINE is recognised as the premier index of biomedical literature, and includes allied health.
The search tips below are for MEDLINE on the Ovid platform. Ovid provides access to a number of health, medical, and psychology databases. If you want to search other Ovid databases at the same time, please see Searching in more than one Ovid database at right.
MEDLINE has its own system of subject headings (thesaurus) - MeSH Terms - and includes the Map term to subject heading feature, which means you can check for and search by the official MeSH subject heading. See Using MeSH Terms in MEDLINE.
Much of the content in MEDLINE is also available, free, in PubMed. One advantage of using PubMed is that you don't need a subscription, so you will have access after you complete your studies.
If you are interested in the difference between MEDLINE and PubMed, the NLM has a fact-sheet.
See also the next page in this guide, on PubMed.
Emcare is a nursing and allied health database that is also available in the Ovid platform. It includes mainly evidence-based clinical content.
It has its own system of subject headings (thesaurus), and includes the Map term to subject heading feature, which means you can check for and search by the official Emcare subject heading. Note that, in Emcare Advanced Search, the default is to have this feature turned ON.
Searching by subject headings in Emcare is similar to searching by subject headings in MEDLINE, so see the page in this guide on Using MeSH Terms in MEDLINE.
You can search across MEDLINE and Emcare together - see the box at left on Searching in more than one database in Ovid.
Here are some tips on searching in Ovid:
For more on searching in MEDLINE, go to the page in this guide on:
For individual help with using Ovid, please contact the Library or use the Ask a Librarian forum on your subject Interact site.
The instructions on this page refer to using MEDLINE in the Ovid platform. If you want to search more extensively in Ovid, you can search across multiple databases at the same time. There are two ways you can do this ...
1. When already searching in any Ovid database, you can click on the Change link in the search panel, then select other databases in the tick-box menu. You will search across all the databases that are ticked.
2. Go to the Ovid menu of databases and select the databases in which you wish to search.
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