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Advanced search techniques for biomedical databases Online

This session demonstrates tips and techniques for those who are already familiar with the fundamentals of literature searching, but would like to extend their knowledge. We will use the Ovid search platform, with additional explanation for how certain techniques can be applied in other platforms where appropriate. This session is suitable for those studying biomedical or science subjects although students from other disciplines are welcome to attend.

Topics will include:

  • Different types of phrase searching, and how to search for ‘stop’ words;
  • Frequency and proximity searching
  • Methods for determining and selecting which search fields to include
  • Understanding subject headings, subheadings, and how best to use them
  • How both in-built and external search filters work and how to apply them
  • … and more

Attendees are expected to already possess a basic knowledge of search skills, including subject headings, truncation, Boolean operators and phrase searching, and to have some familiarity with the principles of literature searching, for example as covered by the online tutorial Essential search skills for biomedical databases. For a live introduction to searching using the Ovid platform, please see our training calendar for the session Introduction to searching Ovid databases.

The demonstration will run for an hour, and tutors will remain for an additional 30 minutes to answer any questions which have not been addressed during the demonstration.

This demonstration session does not offer hands-on practice or time to explore complex queries. Please contact us or the relevant site library or subject librarian for individual specialist support.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
10:00 - 11:30
Time Zone:
UK, Ireland, Lisbon Time (change)
  NHS staff     UCL research student     UCL staff     UCL taught course student  
  Databases     Ovid     Resources     Searching for information  
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

Registration is required. There are 91 seats available.

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