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Books@Ovid Search Tips and Features Books@Ovid Access Points Books@Ovid can be used in three ways… Linking – Jumpstarts can be used to link into individual books from Catalogues or home pages

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Search Tips and Features

©2005 Ovid Technologies

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Books@Ovid Access Points

  • Books@Ovid can be used in three ways…

    • Linking – Jumpstarts can be used to link into individual books from Catalogues or home pages

    • Browsing – alphabetically by title, or by subject; opening a book and browsing the structure, which may include volumes, divisions, chapters, parts and pages

    • Searching – Once you have opened Books@Ovid, Natural language searching is the default, but any other field may be searched, either alone or in combination

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Browsing Books@Ovid (Default Page)

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Browsing Books@Ovid

  • Browsing by Title – titles beginning with D for example…

  • Browsing by Subject – alphabetically by subject using preset categories, a book may fall into more than one category

  • Browse special books from Header

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Browsing Books@Ovid

  • Browsing Table of Contents – opening the structure of the book. Highlighting wraps around the selected chapter

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Browsing Books@Ovid

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Browsing the Front, TOC and Back of the Book

  • Scroll using bar on the left to view:

  • Front of Book

  • Table of Contents

  • Back of Book for…

    • Appendices

    • Resources

    • Color Plates

    • Back of Book Index

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Back of the Book

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Back of the Book

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Back of the Book

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Book Searching

Searching Books@Ovid...

  • From the Browse Books Screen

    • Natural Language Searching is the default

    • To search a single book – open a book then search “Current Book” (or all books)

    • Or search all books directly using “Quick Search”

  • From the Main Search Screen

    • Natural Language Searching is the default

    • But fielded searching for Keyword, Author etc. are also available

    • Limit to Book(s) to restrict searching to a book or group of books

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Searching Books – from Book Display

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Searching Books – Book Display

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Searching Books – from Main Search Page

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Search History

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Results and Highlighted Passages

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Results and Print Preview

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Natural Language Searching

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Natural Language Searching

  • Ovid Natural Language uses four steps to help you search Ovid Books more thoroughly:

    • Natural Language analysis

    • Synonym Expansion

    • Passage Searching

    • Relevance Ranking

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Natural Language Analysis & Synonym Expansion

  • Ovid filters to eliminate irrelevant terms and expands each concept using word variants taken from a proprietary medical lexicon.

    • Obtain best results by:

  • Stating your question as concisely as possible

  • Using nouns more than verbs

  • Avoiding common spelling errors – Spell Check

  • When searching Books@Ovid, the software automatically expands your query:

    • Singular and plural forms of your search terms (truncation )

    • Strong synonyms from a lexicon

    • Hyponyms (car is a hyponym of vehicle)

    • Acronyms (like an abbreviation)

    • Alternative spellings (British or US English)

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    Passage Searching & Relevance Ranking

    • Search results involve passages of text which include your search terms (and/or their synonyms). The closer the terms are to one another, the more relevant the results are likely to be.

    • Star Scores indicate how relevant passages are to your question.

      • ***** All search concepts are present and complete

      • **** All concepts are present but some are incomplete

      • *** One concept is missing

      • ** Two concepts are missing

      • * More than two concepts are missing

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    Keyword or More Fields Searching

    • Using the Icons – Keyword (or Title, Author, Book Name)

    • Using Field Tags – More Fields

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    Keyword Searching

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    Keyword SearchingResults Display Alphabetically by Title

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    Adjacency Searches Provide Specific Results

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    Author Searching

    • Author Icon

      m-auth – multiple authors… automatically truncated, includes

      • Author

        The person(s) credited with writing the book

        (usually on the spine)

      • Chapter Authors

        Contributors to a chapter or part of a book

      • Book Editors

        The person(s) credited with editing the book

        (usually in the front matter)

        These are also separately searchable

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    Author Searching

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    Editors and Authors Listed at Beginning of Book

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    Title Searching

    • Title Icon

      m-titl – multiple titles… automatically truncated, includes

      • Chapter Titles

      • Heading Titles

      • Divisions

        The titles and headings include words which the author thought were important, so they can be useful to focus a search

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    Title Searching

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    Chapter Title Display

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    More Fields Searching

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    Books@Ovid Integration

    • Search books together with journals and databases

    • One-click links from book bibliographies to full text journals, bibliographic records, and external resources

    • Ovid tools such as document ordering, personal accounts, statistics and Ask a Librarian

    • Standard Ovid search interface

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    Purchase Print Copy

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    Purchase Print Copy

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    • Attractive new interface

    • Frequently Updated

    • Enhanced browsing with dynamic table of contents

    • Browse books by subject

    • Browse back of book index, references, graphics etc

    • Links to Journal Full Text and Bibliographic Records from Reference Section

    • Natural language search and Ovid style searching

    • Indexes and limits for power searchers

    • Print preview, Email, Save

    • Generate URLs to topics within chapters (e.g. acute appendicitis treatments) with Email Jumpstarts

    • Special flags for updates

    • Page numbering

    • Special features, video, sound and other supplementary data files

    • Multifile searching with Journals, Ovid Full Text, and Bibliographic Databases

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    New and Enhanced Features

    • QuickSearch from Browsing Page

    • More links back to Browse Books

    • Search terms highlighted (yellow/red) in text and passages (search terms and synonyms)

    • Location highlighted (green) in Table of Contents

    • Table of Contents highlighting wraps around open book section

    • Selecting within the Front of Book, TOC or Back of Book resets TOC highlighting and text frame (and crumbtrail beneath book title)

    • Frame control allows suppression of the Title, Search and TOC displays

    • Reference display shows citation and link(s)

    • Limit to Book – limits search result to one (or more) book(s)

    • Optional “Terms included in Search” link shows terms used by NL searching

    • Optional special books links in header

    • Print Selection icons to quickly display and print passages

    • Term Lookups show definitions when clicked

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    Ovid’s Customer Service:

    Training information:

    ©2005 Ovid Technologies

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