ENHANCEMENTS TO BUMC MEDLINE PLUS INCREASE SEARCHING POWER AND SPEED


The Alumni Medical Library is pleased to announce a number of enhancements to the BUMC MEDLINE Plus search system. Access to 110 full text journal titles are now available through the Journals@Ovid database, a collection of individual full text journal subscriptions from OVID, Inc. In addition to the expansion of the full text collection, BUMC MEDLINE Plus boasts several additional important features including weekly updates of the MEDLINE database, customized limit option enhancements, faster, more powerful searching, and new options for printing and downloading full text, graphics and illustrations.


BUMC MEDLINE Plus Full Text Journal Titles

* new addition to the full text collection, Summer 1999

* Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
* Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
* Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
* Acta Physiologica Scandinavica
* Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
* Acta Radiologica
* AHJ -- American Heart Journal
American Journal of Cardiology
* American Journal of Epidemiology
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
American Journal of Medicine
* American Journal of Nursing
American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
* American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
American Journal of Public Health
American Journal of Psychiatry
American Journal of Surgery
Annals of Internal Medicine
* Anesthesia & Analgesia
Anesthesiology
* Annals of Emergency Medicine
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
* Annals of Surgery
Archives of Dermatology
Archives of Diseases in Childhood
* Archives of Environmental Health: An International Journal
Archives of Family Medicine
Archives of General Psychiatry
Archives of Internal Medicine
Archives of Neurology
Archives of Ophthalmology
Archives of Otolaryngology
Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Archives of Surgery
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology
* Arthritis & Rheumatism
* Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care
BMJ: British Medical Journal
British Journal of Haematology
British Journal of Surgery
Canadian Medical Association Journal
Chest
Circulation
Circulation Research
* Clinical Oral Implants Research
* Clinical Pediatrics
* Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Critical Care Medicine
Diabetes
Diabetes Care
* Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Fertility and Sterility
Genitourinary Medicine
Gut
Heart (formerly the British Heart Journal)
* Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Hypertension
* Immunology
* International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
* Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes...
* Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Journal of the American Board of Family Practice
JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American Volume)
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (British Volume)
* Journal of Cell Biology
Journal of Clinical Investigation
Journal of Clinical Pathology (with Clinical Molecular Pathology)
* Journal of Clinical Periodontology
* Journal of Experimental Medicine
* Journal of Family Practice
* Journal of General Internal Medicine
* Journal of Investigative Dermatology
* Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
Journal of Medical Genetics
Journal of Neurology
* Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Journal of Pediatrics
* Journal of Periodontal Research
* Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery
Journal of Trauma
Journal of Urology
* Journal of Vascular Surgery
* Kidney International
Lancet
* Laryngoscopy
Mayo Clinic Proceedings
* Medical Care
Medicine
* Molecular Microbiology
Nature
* Neurology
Neurosurgery & Psychiatry
New England Journal of Medicine
Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
Occupational and Environmental Medicine
* Oral Microbiology and Immunology
* Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology...
* Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
* Pediatric Research
Pediatrics
* Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
* Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
Science
* Spine
Stroke
Thorax
*Transplantation


More Frequent Updates of the MEDLINE Database
Weekly updates of the MEDLINE database allow for more frequent addition of citations and full text to the database. This helps to guarantee that BUMC MEDLINE Plus searchers have access to the most current journal literature in their fields. Weekly MEDLINE updates also allow the library to decrease the amount of time BUMC MEDLINE Plus is offline for routine database maintenance.

Seamless Linking
Each Journals@Ovid title is linked to other Journals@Ovid titles, and to other BUMC MEDLINE Plus databases such as MEDLINE, CINAHL and HealthSTAR. Bi-directional linking allows you to start your search in a bibliographic database and link to the full text in Journals@Ovid, or link from Journals@Ovid to citations in bibliographic databases. Additionally, you can link from references in an article to other full text articles. Within the full text display, hypertext features allow you to display an outline of the document and move immediately to a selected section, and link from cited references in the text to the complete reference.

Easy Browsing
Browsing through journals in Journals@Ovid is easy and intuitive. You can browse through the journals by title, or by journal subject, where the journals are grouped according to subject areas. If you know you want articles on a certain topic but you're not familiar with the available literature, journal browsing can help. Given the large number of journals in the database, journal subsets were created to help you find the most relevant journal titles to your area of interest. Each journal in Journals@Ovid is classified in at least one of five categories:

Clinical Medicine
Behavioral & Social Sciences
Life Sciences
Nursing
Physical Science & Engineering


BUMC MEDLINE Plus searchers can also browse complete tables of contents for each journal title in the Journals@Ovid collection. From the tables of contents display, users can link directly to the corresponding MEDLINE citation or to available full text.


Comprehensive Coverage
In addition to articles, the Journals@Ovid database now contains classified advertisements and announcements, making the database not only useful for conventional research, but for recreational and professional browsing as well. Journal-specific information is available through the About This Journal feature, which provides information such as the journal description, coverage information, publisher, frequency of publication, usage statement (including copyright information and restrictions), and instructions for authors.

The About This Journal button is available from the Table of Contents, full text article displays, and the browse journals display. The About This Journal (see below) section displays as a full text document that can be searched, printed, saved, or emailed.


Printing Graphics
When printing a full text article, the default graphic size is full size. The graphic-size option is available through the full text manager at the end of each article. Graphics can be printed in full, medium, or small (thumbnail) size, or omitted entirely.


Printing, Downloading and Emailing Citations & Full Text
Direct printing and saving are available for easy document output. BUMC MEDLINE Plus searchers can activate their Web browser's internal print and save features whenever desired documents and/or graphics appear on the screen. Most browsers support text saving in multiple file formats, including ASCII (.TXT) and HTML (.HTM). Graphics may be saved in the file format in which they were stored in Ovid.

The citation manager groups together the user's selected documents. This allows efficient printing and saving via the Web browser's internal features. Citation manager can also email documents directly from the Ovid Server. All retrieved documents can be selected with a single click, or individual desired documents can be selected from multiple interface pages. Settings established in the citation manager are retained throughout the user's search session.

The email option allows for retrieved documents to be sent from the Ovid server directly to any email address accessible on the local network and/or the Internet, allowing easy delivery of search results with off-line printing and saving at the searcher's computer.

Multiple output formats allow searchers to view, print, or download retrieved documents in their choice of bibliographic, abstract, table of contents, or full record formats. Reprint format and BRS/Colleague tagged format are also supported, allowing full compatibility with third party software packages such as EndNote, Reference Manager or ProCite. Each format is easily selectable via a menu.


Limit Option Enhancements


Enhanced Searching
Every word of every article in Journals@Ovid is searchable, including references and graphics captions.


The staff of the Library believe that these new features and functions will allow BUMC MEDLINE searchers to utilize journal resources more fully and efficiently. For more information on BUMC MEDLINE Plus, contact a reference librarian at refquest@med-libwww.bu.edu or 617-638-4228.

Use the electronic journals page for more information about the availability of full text and subscriptions to online journals.

BUMC MEDLINE Plus training workshops are offered on a regular basis to faculty, staff and students of the Boston University schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine & Public Health. For a schedule of training, go to the library's workshop menu at http://www.medlib.bu.edu/library/courselist.html.