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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

books@ovid access points
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
browsing books@ovid
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
browsing the front toc and back of the book
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
book searching
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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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
natural language analysis synonym expansion
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)
passage searching relevance ranking
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
keyword or more fields searching
Keyword or More Fields Searching
  • Using the Icons – Keyword (or Title, Author, Book Name)
  • Using Field Tags – More Fields
author searching
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

title searching
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

books@ovid integration
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
  • 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
new and enhanced features
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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