Please also note that the content of Medline (Ovid) is equivalent to that accessed through the PubMed interface. If a search is carried out using Ovid Medline, then this does not need to be repeated on PubMed, unless instructed to do so by your tutor for example. In addition, accessing the full-text of articles is easier through Ovid Medline as you are already signed in as a University user and links are provided via FindIt@Bham.
For more about Ovid Medline and PubMed, see 'Ovid's Medline compared to PubMed' from LWW Wolters Kluwer.
Watch the above Panopto video from Academic Skills Centre on searching Medline (includes sub-titles).
Locate the entry for Ovid Medline on FindIt@Bham (or use the link at the top of this page) and follow this to open up a menu screen of Ovid databases. Choose the option "Ovid Medline - 1946 to [recent date]" : all the articles there are indexed. The non-indexed or in-process Medline options, as well as the other Ovid databases, should be ignored.
NB: you should be in the default Advanced Search screen in Ovid Medline. Advanced search will be in bold above the search bar in the centre screen. This has the box "Map term to subject headings" automatically ticked: this will direct you to useful subject headings or MeSH for your topic.
Ovid (LWW Wolters Kluwer) have also produced some official video guides to aspects of Medline. The following are especially worth viewing. To see full transcripts, select the notes option - from the folder icon - which displays the notes underneath the slides, as subtitles are not available.
Advanced search Special techniques in Medline
Once you have searched for all of your concepts, you will need to combine them as before, using OR, then AND as appropriate.
Watch the above Panopto Video from the Academic Skills Centre, UoB, on freetext searching (includes sub-titles).
If there is no relevant subject heading for your concept, you can use free text/keyword searching – to do this, untick the Map Term to Subject Heading box, and type your keyword(s) into the search box.
Some tips for better freetext searching:
For more about these features, see the Academic Skills Centre's guide to Effective Search Techniques.
Watch the above Panopto video from Academic Skills Centre (includes sub-titles).
Watch the above Panopto video from Academic Skills Centre, UoB, on saving results from a Medline search to EndNote Online. Includes sub-titles.
To save individual results, or sets of results, tick the box for "All" above the list of results in a Medline search, or individual boxes.
To save the whole search history - that is, everything you've been doing - use "Save all" under the summary of the searches.