Find Articles in Health and Medical Journals with Ovid Emcare

In this video, we’ll look at some of the basic search features of Ovid Emcare and at examples of how you can link to articles in other full text resources you subscribe to. This database provides more records and trusted content than any other leading nursing database. You can link Emcare with subscriptions to Ovid Full-Text Plus Nursing Journals along with ProQuest and Gale databases to provide your nursing students with an accurate and expansive resource to support them as they engage in research and learn about evidence-based care. Login according to your school’s method of accessing online library resources. You may login to your school’s online portal and follow a link to LIRN or the database. Or you may go to this URL and login with your school’s LIRN credentials. Once you’re logged in to the LIRN portal, under the Vendor View, you can select Ovid. Then click on Emcare. Then click on Emcare. For a basic search, you can use natural language. An example of this would be “effects of medication on weight loss.” If you are familiar with Boolean logic and truncation, these features are not used in the basic search. It’s a good idea to leave Include Related Terms selected. Then we’ll click Search. Basic search results are returned ranked by relevancy according to Ovid’s 5, 4, 3, or 2 star classification. You’ll see the most relevant results, ranked with five stars, first. Ovid uses five statistical criteria to rank results. This feature is unique to Ovid databases. Let’s look at the information that displays here on your results page. On the left is the Search Information widget showing a list of all the related terms that were searched. In the middle are your results in relevancy-ranked order. Five stars indicates that all of your search terms appear in the record. Direct terms are highlighted in yellow. Synonyms and plurals are highlighted in purple. On the right, you see the open access results for this search. These results come from MedKnow Publications and PubMed Central. To view an open access item, click on the title of the item, then click on redirect. This will take you to a point where you can access the article on the journal’s website. You’ll need to click your browser’s back button to return to Emcare and your results. We have a large set of results here. Let’s look at how to refine the results using the database limits. These limits are in blue just below the search box. You can select any of the limits that appear here, then click search, or you can click on Additional Limits to view all of the database limit options. When you are viewing the Additional Limits, you will see your search history at the top of the page in case you would like to return to an earlier search and apply limits to that. There are many additional limits. I’m going to select Full Text. Under Year Published, I’ll select Last 3 years, then click Limit A Search. From here, I can click on the title of the item to read the abstract and indexing details. If the article is available in full text from any of my linked databases, I can click on Full Text and select the source of full text I’d like to link to. The article will open in a new tab. If the item is available in Ovid Full Text, you can click on either the article title or the PDF link to open it. Click on Back to Search Results to return to your list. If you would like to learn more about how to use other databases available from LIRN, take a look at the other videos and playlists on our YouTube channel.

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