To undertake an extensive search and explore your research question fully you should expect to search a number of different databases (usually three to five). Each should be searched separately.
As controlled vocabulary and functionality varies between databases you will have to modify your search strategy for each one, whilst trying to be as consistent as possible.
Once you have run your search on one key database, the idea is to apply the same search as closely as possible to each of your other databases.
Database interfaces will all vary, and they may use different terminology. However, they all have similar features. Once you are familiar with these, you'll be able to find your way around different databases. You can see the main features in the examples below.
This is what a standard database interface looks like:
Once you click the Search button, the results page appears:
Use the limiter / filter options to help focus your results to the most relevant materials. Typical database filters include:
Ovid is an advanced search platform allowing you to perform sophisticated literature searches. The Ovid platform provides access to a number of different research databases. It is good practice to search each database individually. Searching more than one database at a time will disable the thesaurus feature and is not advisable for comprehensive systematic searching.
Once you have selected the database you wish to search you will see there are a number of different types of search options available, each allows you to perform a different type of search. The videos below provide a quick introduction, for in depth guidance on searching Ovid explore the Searching Ovid LibGuide.
What is the difference between Medline (PubMed) and Medline Ovid?
PubMed is an interface used to search Medline, as well as additional biomedical content. Medline Ovid is an interface for searching only Medline content, allowing you to perform a more focused search. PubMed is more user- friendly and allows you to search through more content than Medline Ovid.
In Web of Science there is cited references search option. To run a search you need to:
Enter the first author’s name in the Cited Author field e.g. Achille M
Enter a journal or book title in the Cited Work field e.g. Journal of child and family studies
Entering a year is optional. If you get too many results, enter the year(s) to refine relevant records.e.g. 2016
Click search and you will retrieve a list of potential matches.
Select the relevant reference and click finish search to go to the results page.
The Times Cited and Cited References will then appear in the Citation Network box. Click to explore further citations.
*** New feature *** Enriched Cited References
The feature provides additional context that is designed to capture the author's intent when citing references in the body of their article including:
This feature has only been applied to recent records, therefore, it is not available for all content on Web of Science.
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