How Do I Use Ovid Medline?

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All About 

MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database/article index that contains over 27 million references to journal articles. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are indexed. Covered are basic biomedical research and the clinical sciences, including clinical medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, allied health and pre-clinical sciences as well as life sciences that are important to practitioners and researchers – biology, environmental science, biophysics, chemistry and plant & animal science. Ovid is a company that provides access to databases. It provides a search interface for MEDLINE that is optimized for more complex literature reviews.

Accessing this resource

  • On-site: visit the Banner Health Library Services website and select "Health Business Elite" from right hand-sidebar quick links or by following this link path: "Resources">Databases>O>Ovid Medline>Select Resources to Search*
  • Off-site:
    • With email: Start on the library website and click on anything. You will be asked to login once with your Banner Health email, password, and Microsoft Authenticator App.
    • Without email: Start at OpenAthens Portal. Login with your library issued Open Athens account and use links provided on the list of resources. Don't have an OpenAthens account? : Use this form to request an account. It may also be helpful to view this OpenAthens video for detailed information on each of the resources.
  • Mobile: If you are accessing this resource via a mobile device, we highly recommend that you start at the library website ( and click on the 3 dashes / hamburger menu in upper right corner. Under Resources select> Databases>O>Ovid Medline>Select Resources to Search. Once you do so, you will be prompted to enter your Banner Health credentials and authenticate using the Microsoft Authenticator app. Check our mobile apps website for specific information on your resource.

*Select Resources to Search

Ovid Medline Select Resources

How to Search

Ovid Medline defaults to the advanced search. 

  1. You can choose to use the Basic Search
  2. If you have checked the "Map to Subject Terms"  your search will automatically match your keyword to an Ovid Subject Term. You can uncheck this option to use your keyword instead.
  3. You can choose Limits when you start your search, but don't worry you can also add Limits after you see the results too.
  4. Need to the change the Selected Resource? No problem.
  5. Term Finder provides easy access to controlled vocabulary, definitions from Stedman's Medical Dictionary, and related terms from the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) as you construct your Ovid search.
  6. All your previous searches during the current browser session will appear here under Search History. This is a great place to try combining searches with Boolean operators, AND or OR.

Searching with Ovid Subject Terms

Ovid Medline Subject Term User Interface Screen Shot

  1. Click on the Subject Term, and you will see the tree structure. There may be a broader or narrower Subject Terms available.
  2. Explode, will include all the narrower Subject Terms
  3. Focus, will only return results for the selected Subject Term. PROTIP! When you search using PubMed subject headings (MeSH), it always defaults to Explode. 
  4. Scope, Get a definition of Subject Term or learn how the Subject Term is being used in Ovid Medline
  5. Continue, will take you to another screen where you can add a Subheading. A Subheading can provide more context to the Subject Term. For example Myocardial Infarction/Prevention & Control or Myocardial Infarction/Nursing. You can also have the option to choose all the Subheadings or none.

Search results will display below the Advanced search options

Special Features

Check out some of the links and files to learn about the numerous special features available with Ovid Medline or schedule some time with one of our librarians to get the insider information. 


Chat with library staff if you are having problems accessing this resource.

Questions to facilitate troubleshooting independently or while requesting assistance:

  1. What type of device are you using a) A Banner issued laptop? b) A Banner desktop computer? c) A personal computer? d) A phone or tablet?
  2. Are you located at a Banner facility? If yes, at which facility are you located?
  3. Can you check your IP address? You can google "what is my IP address" if you are unsure, Google "what is my IP address?"

This information comes from the OVID Quick Reference Card

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