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Think Fast. Search Faster. . Gas and Petroleum Resources on OvidSP. Ovid Training Department 2008. Agenda. Overview of Gas and Petroleum database resources: GeoRef and Petroleum Abstracts Searching in Petroleum Abstracts Saving and Running AutoAlerts and Saved Searches

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Think Fast.Search Faster.

Gas and Petroleum Resources on OvidSP

Ovid Training Department


  • Overview of Gas and Petroleum database resources: GeoRef and Petroleum Abstracts
  • Searching in Petroleum Abstracts
  • Saving and Running AutoAlerts and Saved Searches
  • Searching in GeoRef
  • Multifile searching and Deduplication
  • Results Manager – Print, Email, Save or Direct Export bibliographic records
  • Thank You and Ovid Resource Information
gas and petroleum database resources
Gas and Petroleum Database Resources
  • GeoRef – 1785 to present
    • GeoRef’s In Process – Records that are in the process of being indexed prior to their integration in the main GeoRef database.
    • GeoRef’s Serials - GeoRef Serials contains title, CODEN, ISSN, and publication information for each serial referred to in GeoRef.
  • Petroleum Abstracts – 1965 to present

GeoRef is the American Geological Institute's geoscience database containing over 2.8 million records of North America since 1785, and other areas of the world since 1933. The database references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses.

georef coverage
  • GeoRef scans more than 3,500 journals in 40 languages
  • Books, Maps and Reports
  • Each month between 6,000 and 7,000 new references are added to the database.
  • The database is the equivalent of four major reference publications: "Bibliography of North American Geology," "Bibliography and Index of Geology, Exclusive of North America," "Geophysical Abstracts," and the "Bibliography and Index of Geology."
georef subject areas
Areal Geology

Economic Geology

Energy Sources

Engineering Geology

Environmental Geology

Extraterrestrial Geology






Marine Geology

Mathematical Geology


Mining Geology





Structural Geology

Surficial Geology

petroleum abstracts
Petroleum Abstracts
  • This database is often the primary research tool for petroleum exploration, development, transportation, and production, as well as related topics that concern environmental, safety, and health issues. It contains bibliographic citations and abstracts from literature around the world on upstream petroleum operations, plus relevant patent information.
petroleum abstracts coverage
Petroleum Abstracts COVERAGE
  • About 300 industry-specific journals; other journals reviewed
  • 250 E&P-related meetings worldwide
  • Patents and patent gazettes
  • Government reports, academic theses, books, maps, etc.
  • More than 25,000 items entered each year
petroleum abstracts subject areas




Well Logging

Well Completion & Servicing

Oil & Gas Production

Reservoir Engineering & Recovery Methods

Pipelining, Shipping & Storage

Ecology & Pollution

Supplemental Technology

Petroleum Abstracts SUBJECT AREAS
searching in petroleum abstracts
Searching in Petroleum Abstracts

From the “Select a database” page you can select one or more database to search. The Petroleum Abstracts® Tulsa Database has been selected.

basic search
Basic Search

In Basic Search, enter free text search terms and OvidSP will use NLP, Natural Language Processing, when “Include Related Terms” is selected to search across the database or databases selected.

basic search results
Basic Search - Results

Search results are ranked and scored

by relevancy to your search.


In Basic Search, you can search with “Include Related Terms” initially selected or you can broaden your search later using the Search Aid tool.


In Search Aid, narrow your search by subject, author, or journal, or add related terms to broaden your search

find citation search in one or many search fields
Find Citation – Search in one or many search fields.

Dynamic Search tabs allow you to search in your preferred search mode.

find citation results
Find Citation Results

Search results are based on entries from one or more search fields.

search tools petroleum abstracts
Search Tools – Petroleum Abstracts

Quickly find all your Search Tools in one place. Search Tools are database specific.


Search Fields Petroleum Abstracts

Search Fields are easy to find. Just check your preferred fields and go. Search Fields are database specific.

ovid syntax
Ovid Syntax

In this example, we are going to use the “Map Term to a Subject Heading” feature.

Search with traditional Ovid Gateway or SilverPlatter (when available) command line syntax or simply make selections from fields, features and functions displayed. Fields, features and functions are database specific.


Mapping Display

The Mapping Display suggests controlled vocabulary terms used by the Petroleum Abstracts database to describe the original document indexed. The last entry on the Mapping Display offers the original term(s) that were entered in the search box, to be searched in the keyword fields.

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Ovid Syntax

In this example, we are truncating the term, hydrocarbon*, by using the asterisk (*) from the three available unlimited right handed truncation symbols, asterisk (*), colon (:) or dollar sign ($) available in OvidSP. Note, the reminder on the page regarding truncation.

To search in the Keyword fields, the default fields for the database(s) currently being searched, simply uncheck if selected the “Map Term to Subject Heading” feature.

boolean operators and limits
Boolean Operators and Limits

Select search sets to be combined and simply select the “and” or “or” Boolean Operator located beneath the Search History. Note, the Boolean Operator “not” can be used from the command line.

To add a Limit, expand the Limit option and select from the popular limits or from Additional Limits.

the world s 1 scholarly search platform just got better
The world’s #1 scholarly search platform just got better.

After selecting “Additional Limits”, from the Limit a Search display, select preferred limit setting(s). Limits are database specific to Petroleum Abstracts.

save search history
Save Search History

Select the Save Search History button to Save your Search History. Note, if your account has the Personal Account featured enabled, you will be prompted to login or to create an account.

Note: Only Basic Search, NLP searches, are ranked. Field searches are sorted by listing the last indexed record first.


Save Current Searchto be run at a later time as an AutoAlert(when available) which is a current awareness search,Temporarilyor Permanently.

Email or RSS (Really Simple Syndication) are delivery options for AutoAlerts.

saved search confirmation
Saved Search confirmation

To run, re-execute, previously saved searches, select Saved Searches/Alerts button.

searching georef
Searching GeoRef

After selecting the Change Database button, from any of the main search pages, from the Select a database display select GeoRef.

search tools database specific for georef
Search Tools - database specific for GeoRef

The Map Term to Subject Heading feature is available in both Search Tools and Ovid Syntax modes when searching in the 1785 to the present segment of GeoRef.

search fields database specific for georef
Search Fields – database specific for GeoRef

In this example, Map Coordinates field is searched. Latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates are entered in the search box.

ovid syntax georef database
Ovid Syntax GeoRef database

In this example, ironstone has been entered into the search box with the Map Term to Subject Heading feature selected.

mapping display in georef the auto explode is set as a default it can be disabled
Mapping Display – In GeoRef, the Auto Explode is set as a default (it can be disabled).

Auto Explode – automatically uses the Boolean Operator “or” to search the selected Subject Heading and its Narrower Terms.


After selecting “Additional Limits”, from the Limit a Search display, select preferred limit setting(s). Limits are database specific to GeoRef.

multifile searching
Multifile Searching

In OvidSP, you can search in a single database or many databases simultaneously. In this example, GeoRef, GeoRef InProcess and Petroleum Abstracts® TULSA databases have been selected.

multifile searching and removing duplicates
Multifile Searching and Removing Duplicates

OvidSP displays the full or short database name(s) of the database(s) selected.

The Search History lists the details of the number of search results retrieved from each database searched.

To Remove Duplicate records, records multiple databases have in common, select the Remove Duplicate button.

removing duplicates preferences
Removing Duplicates Preferences

Individuals can select preferences for removing duplicates or accept the defaults.

remove duplicates new search set is created
Remove Duplicates - new search set is created

After duplicates are removed, the unique result set is posted to the Search History page. You can review preferred, kept, and removed duplicates by selecting the Remove Duplicates button.

results manager manages output of bibliographic search
Results Manager – Manages output of bibliographic search

From the Results Manager, select an Action to Print, Save or Email bibliographic results. Accept the defaults or customize your output. If you use EndNote, Reference Manager, ProCite or Refworks, select Complete Reference and Direct Export.

Annotate a result by clicking on the yellow icon. This feature maybe available if Personal Accounts are enabled for your site.

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