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November 8, 2007

Saving Searches vs. Session Recovery in Ovid

If you use the Ovid databases (MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, etc.) regularly, you're probably familiar with the option to recover your last search when you log in. This is a great feature, and a nice safety net for those times when your session times out, or you accidentally close your browser window.

However, relying on session recovery is not the best way to save a crucial search, and this feature may not be a part of future Ovid versions. It's easy to save a search manually, and you should purposely save searches that you want to be sure you can access again.

You can permanently save your search by using the "Save Search/Alert" icon, found under your search history on the main Ovid search screen. This will reliably save your search strategy, and you can then access it at any time through the "Saved Searches/Alerts" icon in the blue bar in the upper right corner of the page.

Get in the habit of purposely saving searches, so that you don't accidentally lose something you're relying on. If you have questions or need help, contact Liz (612-624-6492 or evfine@umn.edu) or the Reference Desk (612-626-3260 or medref@umn.edu).