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Ovid Search Guide

A guide to searching healthcare databases eg Medline, Embase, using the Ovid Search tool.

Getting help


Ovid has created a number of online tutorials on the following topics:.

  • Basic search overview
  • Advanced search - mapping
  • Advanced search - keyword searching
  • Refining search strategy with limits
  • Find citation overview
  • Multi-field search overview
  • Search tools overview

Flash is needed to run these tutorials. You may need to download the Adobe Flash Player plug-in.

Otherwise, for more in-depth guidance on literature searching, see the section “Systematic reviews & literature searching” on SGUL's Researchers page

Face to face

  • Ask at the Research Enquiries Desk in the Library; Mon – Fri, 11am – 2 pm
  • Contact your Liaison Librarian: email