How to Choose a MEDLINE Service





Note: All versions of MEDLINE include article citations from these databases: HealthSTAR, AIDSLINE, BIOETHICSLINE, HISTLINE, POPLINE, SPACELINE & TOXLINE

Other Databases Included Evidence- based medicine databases, Clinical Evidence,EMBASE Drugs & Pharm, HAPI,BIOSIS Previews,PsycINFO, Medweaver, PREMEDLINE, Journals@Ovid PREMEDLINE. Also Molecular Biology,Taxonomy and Genetics databases. AIDSLINE, CANCERLIT,
Articles from 28 medical journals, 26 Clinics of North America and 33 Year Books from 1995 to present.
Best Feature Excellent interface, Complete Cochrane database. The most current (a day or two ahead of Ovid). Related articles links. All years in one file. Single Citation Matcher. Clinical Queries. Linkouts. All in one global search function, Related articles links, Practice guidelines, Drug, patient and news info.
Worst Feature Clunky citation verification. Advance search capabilities not evident.
Precision searching difficult.
No explode capability, Clunky printing, No PreMEDLINE, Cannot email/ download complete sets.
Coverage 1966 - present 1966 - present 1966 - present
Updates daily daily weekly
Fields 30 fields/subfields using "other fields" list or field qualifiers. 20 most common
using pulldown list
or field qualifiers.
14 field qualifiers
Appliable Limits Evidence-based medicine, local holdings, fulltext, language, gender, age, species, 17 subsets, date, publication types. Language, gender, age, species, date, publication type, 12 subsets. Age, human/animal, reviews.
Display Formats for sets 4 + tailored 5+ One with no abstract
Sortable Yes Yes By relevancy or pub. date
Marks Local Holdings No No No
Document Delivery OHSU Copy Service Loansome Doc No
Password Required Only if saving search strategies or you are non-OHSU For Loansome Doc and Cubby Service Yes (self generated)
Download Results Yes Yes No
E-mail Results Yes Yes No
Search Update Method Automatic SDI; Save strategy Bookmark in Easy
Mode; Cubby Service
Online Help Context sensitive help within search session & OHSU how to's on Library Web page Yes Yes
Availability www.ohsu.edu/library/ovid/ www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed is free to all. www.ohsu.edu/library /pubmed.shtml to include OHSU fulltext links. home.mdconsult.com for OHSU www.merckmedicus.com for some health professionals
Full-Text Links Yes (select) Yes (select) Yes (select)
Related Articles Link No Yes Yes
Additional Features Concept mapping to MeSH; Same interface for non- MEDLARS databases; Ability to search by grant #. Clinical Queries filters for diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, etiology. Citation Matcher for verification. MeSH Browser. OLDMEDLINE 1945-65 coming soon. Clinical Query filters for diagnosis, prognosis, therapy,etiology. Cochrane reviews, clinical trials, opinions and literature reviews. Includes fulltext books, patient info, guidelines CME, and generic alerts