Wednesday, May 21, 2008

OvidSP New Interface: Now available @ UJ

Finally we have the new Ovid/SilverPlatter (OvidSP) interface.
The two Bibliographic databases relevant to the Sciences are:
- Analytical Abstracts (1 user at the time), Coverage: 1980-2008
- Parasitology (1 user at the time), Coverage: 1973 - 2008
Access is available through the UJ Library Databases
Analytical Abstracts is the world's most comprehensive abstracts service dealing solely with analytical chemistry. It contains references to articles from more than 3000 journals, with coverage beginning in 1980.
CAB Parisitology includes all relevant records from the CAB ABSTRACTS database, corresponding to selections from a number of abstract journals in the CABI range. Subject areas:
- diagnosis of parasitic infections and vector-borne diseases.
- pathology and pathogenesis of parasitic infections and vector-borne diseases.
-therapy of parasitic infections and vector-borne diseases - including drug therapy, immunization, immunotherapy, and surgical interventions.

Interface characteristics:
* Basic Search:
OvidSP's Basic Search is a natural language search. Enter your search terms and click the Search button. OvidSP posts results to your search history. In addition, OvidSP's Basic Search tab makes it easy for you to apply limit criteria to your searches.
* Advanced Search:
When you select the Advanced Ovid Search tab, keyword searching is the default search type of the command line. The Advanced Ovid Search tab offers these search types: Keyword Author Title Journal
* Find Citation:
OvidSP's Find Citation tab lets you submit fielded data to retrieve specific journal article citations.
* Search Fields:
From the Search Fields tab, you can view all indexed fields of a database. You can also browse for other fields to search in the index display. OvidSP displays the fielded index with the term you entered.
* Search Tools:
OvidSP provides tools that let you discover more about the relationship between terms and subjects within the context of the database in which you are searching.
* Search History
Under each search option, there is an Search History tab. It keeps you aware of all searches you have done during that session.
* Saved Searches/Alerts
You need to create your personal account
* Help Options:
You have three options to learn more about the databases:
- Help (if you are, for example on the Basic Search screen and have problem, click on Help for instructions)
- Database Field Guide - provide information on the database you currently search
- Display Knowledge - a list of 347 available answers (RSS feed programs compatible with OvidSP; Is there a way to enter multiple email addresses for eTOC email alerts?; Setting up eTOCs for other users, etc.)
* Log off - don't forget to "log off" each time you finish your search. Keep in mind that we have an 1 users licence.

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