MEDLINE Change in Provider
medline Interface Change
As of April 1, 2012, CSU’s subscription to MEDLINE on the OVID platform will be discontinued. It will be replaced by MEDLINE on the EBSCO platform.
Why was this decision made?
The EBSCO version of MEDLINE is based on the same NLM files that are used by OVID. Switching interfaces from OVID to MEDLINE(EBSCO) allows the CSU Libraries to offer enhanced access to MEDLINE content for about half the cost. CSU now has access to an unlimited number of simultaneous users for MEDLINE (OVID only provided 10 users).
One of the benefits of the EBSCO database is that MEDLINE can now be searched with other databases. Try searching MEDLINE & CAB Abstracts Combined.
If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact:
Michelle Wilde, Librarian, Veterinary Medicine, Biomedical & Physical Sciences, Phone: (970) 491-1860, Email: Michelle.Wilde@colostate.edu
Medline (EBSCO) Search Tips
Truncation (*) and Wildcard (?) Symbols
Use the wildcard and truncation symbols in searches using terms with unknown characters, multiple spellings or various endings.
Note: Neither the wildcard nor the truncation symbol can be used as the first character in a search term.
- Truncation is represented by an asterisk (*). To use truncation, enter the root of a search term and replace the ending with an asterisk (*).
For example, hemat* will find the words hematocrit or hematoma.
- The wildcard is represented by a question mark (?). To use the wildcard, enter the search terms and replace each unknown character with a ?.
For example, type ne?t to find all citations containing neat, nest or next.
A Proximity Search produces results with two or more terms that appear a specified number of words (or fewer) apart in the database(s). The proximity operator is composed of a letter (N or W) and a number (to specify the number of words), placed between search terms.
- Near Operator (N) - N5 will find a result if the terms are within five (5) words of each other, regardless of the order in which they appear.
For example, type kidney N5 failure for results that contain kidney failure, as well as failure of the kidneys.
- Within Operator (W) - W8 will find a result if the terms are within eight (8) words of each other, in the exact order entered.
For example, type kidney W8 failure for results that contain kidney failure, but not failure of the kidneys.