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MEDLINE Guide

A guide to accessing and using MEDLINE through Ovid, ProQuest, and PubMed.

MEDLINE via Ovid: Instructions & Examples

  1. By default, the FIU link to MEDLINE via Ovid will take you to the advanced search page. For basic searches, click on the "Basic Search" link from the start page.
  2. Type your keyword(s) in the text box, then select any options you want to apply from the limits listed below (such as language, age, article type, etc.). Check the "Include Related Terms" box below the text box if you want Ovid to include similar keywords in your search.
  3. Click "search" or press enter on your keyboard. The page will refresh. Scoll to the bottom of the page for your search history and results. The keyword(s) you searched will be highlighted in yellow.
  4. From the search results page you can: (1) filter your results at the left-hand column, by relevancy, publication date, subject, and more, (2) print, email, or export the citations by checking their corresponding boxes and clicking on the appropriate link above the search results, (3) access full text by clicking on the "PDF" or "Find It @ FIU" icons, and (4) much more.
  5. If you want to refine your search or start a new one, scroll to the top of the page to access the search and limits screen again, then repeat the steps described above.
  1. The FIU link to MEDLINE via Ovid will take you to the advanced search page by default. 
  2. Type your keyword(s) in the text box, then select any options you want to apply from the limits below (such as language, age, article type, etc.). Check the "Map Term to Subject Heading" box below the text box to locate the MeSH term(s) that correspond(s) to your keyword(s). (Note: If you are mapping to MeSH terms, enter only one keyword at a time.) Click "Search" or press enter on your keyboard to run the search.
  3. Once you run your search, Ovid MEDLINE will display a list of potentially applicable MeSH terms. Check the box next to all MeSH terms you want to include in your search (you can combine them wtih OR or AND). Note: The green "Hints" box below the MeSH terms explains the additional options available, including "Explode" and "Focus." Click "Continue" to go to the next screen.
  4. Select any subheadings you would like to use to narrow the scope of your search. Click "Continue" to proceed.
  5. You will be taken back to the advanced search page. Scoll to the bottom of the page for your search history and results.
  6. From the search results page you can: (1) filter your results at the left-hand column, by publication date, subject, journal, and more, (2) print, email, or export the citations by checking their corresponding boxes and clicking on the appropriate link above the search results, (3) access full text by clicking on the "PDF" or "Find It @ FIU" icons, and (4) much more.
  7. If you want to refine your search, add a term, or start a new search, scroll to the top of the page to access the search and limits screen again, then repeat the steps described above.

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  1. On your search results screen, check the box(es) corresponding to the citation(s) you want to export to RefWorks, then click the "Export" link at the top of the search results.
  2. Select "RefWorks" from the "Export To" drop-down menu on the "Export Citation List:" box that appears.
  3. Note: Depending on the export format you choose, you may have the option to change the citation style. Change all available options in accordance with your preferences, then click "Export Citation(s)."
  4. You will be prompted to log in to RefWorks if you have not already done so. Once you are logged in, the citations will be exported to RefWorks automatically.

YouTube Video via the University of Connecticut Libraries
(Note: This process is applicable to all Ovid databases.)