« November 2007 | Main | February 2008 »

January 10, 2008

Ovid Interface Changing January 15th! Plus, information about saved searches.

OVID, the University Libraries’ platform for citation databases like MEDLINE, CINAHL and PsycINFO, is making a major change to its search interface. The University Libraries will be migrating to the new interface on Tuesday, January 15, 2008.

This new user interface looks a lot different, but has mostly the same functionality as the current version. If you're an Ovid user you should be able to adjust to the new interface fairly easily, but please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or need help.

One of the major changes is that new users will now need to create "personal accounts" in order to save searches or create AutoAlerts (instead of just logging in with your U of M ID and password). If you currently have saved searches, you WILL be able to access them in the new system. On the day of the migration, current Ovid users with saved searches or AutoAlert SDIs will receive an Ovid-system-generated e-mail with their user names and temporary passwords to access their saved content.

It's important to note that you must have purposely saved a search in order to recover it after the transition – see the blog entry on “Saving Searches vs. Session Recovery in Ovid? for more information. The auto-recover feature (where you are asked when you log in if you'd like to recover the last search you were working on) will NOT bring a search through the transition. So, make sure that you have saved any important searches before January 15th!

We have worked closely with Ovid technical support in planning this transition, and expect few (if any) glitches. However, please contact me (evfine@umn.edu, 612-624-6492) or the reference desk (medref@umn.edu, 612-626-3260) if you encounter any problems or would like help using the new interface. You can test-drive the new interface before January 15th by clicking the OvidSP tab in the current instance of Ovid.

Enjoy the new look!


January 9, 2008

Library Instruction in Spring Classes

I hope you're all enjoying Winter Break! Just a reminder that if you're teaching a class this spring and would like me to give your students a session on literature searching, library resources, etc. please let me know if you haven't already so I can get you on my calendar.

As always, I can tailor the presentation to an assignment, a certain group of resources, reference management with RefWorks, advanced research needs, or anything else you have in mind. If you're considering this, get in touch with me and we'll figure out what works best for you and your students.

FYI - I'll be out of town next week (January 14th-18th), so if you have any questions related to Spring classes, let me know!