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Pharmacy Literature Search Skills

PubMed vs. Ovid Medline

Many people find Ovid Medline easier to search than PubMed. Ovid Medline:

  • usually suggests more relevant MeSH terms than PubMed does
  • does not use Pharmacological Action terms the way PubMed does, making it easier to search for classes of drugs
  • makes it easier to read and manage a long, complex search strategy
  • offers the "adj" operator to search for words near each other

Ovid Medline and PubMed contain the same content, so there's generally no need to search them both.