Getting started

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of citation databases
  • Select a database appropriate for your searching needs
  • Navigate the Ovid database search platform
  • Identify and utilise the major features of the Ovid Basic Search function
  • Identify and utilise the major features of the Ovid Advanced Search function
  • Use subject headings to define search terms
  • Use truncation, wildcards, and phrases
  • Combine search terms using Boolean Operators
  • Apply limits to your search results to increase relevancy
  • Save, email, and export your search results from an Ovid database

Module setup

This module is presented in 3 sections. Based on the learning outcomes, Section 1 explores the purpose of citation databases, Section 2 introduces the Ovid database search platform, and Section 3 applies a searchable question and search strategy to the Ovid databases, including demonstrating how to manage and save your search. The sections can be accessed individually and links to additional materials are provided for optional in-depth learning.

Assessment and feedback tasks follow Section 3. Assessment is optional and unlimited attempts may be made. The pass mark is 85%. A Certificate of Achievement for the module will be generated in your browser that you can save or print for your CPD records following successful completion of the assessment. Feedback is encouraged, as this assists us to continue to develop and improve our educational program.

Additional material

Additional materials are made available in call out boxes such as this. A glossary is also included to support learners in understanding terms used in journals and other evidence-based literature.