On or around August 1, 2010, the OvidSP interface that has been available for several months in “Try It Now” mode will become the default interface for Ovid’s suite of databases. Familiar search features like mapping to MeSH headings and using limits are basically unchanged, but the new interface greatly enhances workflow options.
On this page and the next, we highlight some features of the new OvidSP interface.
My Account: customizable personal space within Ovid
One important addition to OvidSP is the ability to create personal logins through “My Account.” Setting a personal login allows you to take advantage of new “My Workspace” features, including My Projects, My Searches and Alerts, and my eTOCS.
Once a search is completed, you can still select the items to be printed, downloaded, emailed. In addition, these items can now be added to My Projects, a structured storage area that can contain projects and folders to store full text, citations or graphics.
Using My Projects
When first attempting to access My Projects, an Ovid user who has never created a personal account will be prompted to create an account, while users with accounts will simply log in. (Ovid users who already have a personal account will continue to use that account.) Citations selected from the search retrieval can be added to an existing project, or a new project can be created. In the My Workspace area, up to 50MB of storage can hold additional project-related items imported from other resources.
Being able to set up timely personal accounts also means that you can take advantage of the “My Searches and Alerts” feature. With a personal account, you can save search strategies permanently, or you can create AutoAlerts so that you are notified by email when new citations based on your search strategy are added to Medline. And taking advantage of the My eTOCS feature means that you will be notified whenever a new table of contents is available for your selected journals.
Watch for additional information when the new interface goes live. Questions about OvidSP and other library resources can be answered by phone, email, instant message, or in person at the library’s Information Desk.
Assistant Library Director for Database and Branch Services