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Literature searching for Medical and Dental Sciences

Activity 3B: Embase, PsycInfo, HMIC (Ovid)

Panopto video with subtitles.

Embase is on the Ovid platform.  Hence the same basic principles and search techniques as Medline apply, but note that different subject headings will be found (Embase uses Emtree rather than MeSH). 

Try a sample topic from your subject, or the following:

  • Use of statins to treat hypertension

General functions in Embase are the same as for Medline. 

See the Endnote Online guide page "Adding References from Ovid databases" for exporting to Endnote Online.  Remember to choose the filter Embase (OvidSP) or PsycInfo (OvidSP) when importing your results file into Endnote Online. 

Further information on Embase

The following video from LWW Wolters Kluwer uses the PICO(T) search methodology applied to Embase (and Medline) on the Ovid platform.  Use the folder icon under the video screen to show the slide notes for each slide. 

Panopto video with subtitles.

PsycInfo is on the Ovid platform.  Hence the same basic principles and search techniques as Medline apply, but note that different subject headings will be found.

Try a sample topic from your subject, or the following:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy for treating substance misuse in teenagers

Further Information on PsycInfo

General functions in PsycInfo are the same as for Medline. This includes Export - to Endnote, Word - Save all (search history) and the personal account and folders.

Overview

The Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC) database is a specialized database on the Ovid platform.

Supplier description of HMIC.

Brings together the bibliographic database of two UK health and social care management organizations: the Department of Health's Library and Information Services (DH-Data) and King’s Fund Information and Library Service.
This Health Management and Policy Database, from The Healthcare Management Information Consortium (HMIC), is an invaluable source of information for health care administrators and managers. (Wolters Kluwer, 2022a)

The HMIC database uses the same platform and layout as other Ovid databases such as Medline, Embase, PsycInfo, so searches can be performed in similar ways. A thesaurus or indexing system is used, similar to MeSH in Medline or Emtree in Embase.

Detailed information about HMIC can be found on the supplier database guide (Wolters Kluwer, 2022b).

Reference

Wolters Kluwer (2022a) HMIC Database. Available at: https://www.wolterskluwer.com/en/solutions/ovid/hmic-database-99 (Accessed 21 July 2022)

Wolters Kluwer (2022b) Health Management Information Consortium database guide.  Available at: https://ospguides.ovid.com/OSPguides/hmicdb.htm (Accessed 21 July 2022)

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