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Ovid and PubMed are both search systems for MEDLINE database. MEDLINE consists of clinical sciences such as dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, allied health, veterinary medicine, and pre-clinical services as well as standard biomedical research. Additionally, it also provides information on chemistry, marine biology, biophysics, animal science as well as plant science. MEDLINE was discovered by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) situated at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Although MEDLINE does not provide full-text articles, it provides access for full-text readings.

Ovid and PubMed have their own disadvantages and advantages. PubMed is openly accessible for everyone since it is sponsored by the government. Its vast component is the MEDLINE dataset. It gives links to electronic items owned by the Drexel University Libraries while providing limited access to full-text journals. Ovid, or MEDLINE Plus on the other hand, is a commercial vendor’s interface or privately-owned border developed by different, private Ovid technologies. One of the advantages of using Ovid is that the user is able to view several different databases with different disciplines using the similar interface. However, the use of it is limited only to Drexel University students, faculty, and staff and St. Christopher’s as well as Hahnemann Hospital residents. Outsiders may have access to Ovid (“off-campus access”) provided that they will identify themselves in order to confirm their university affiliation. PubMed has a more advanced search system than Ovid, and it is easier to use than Ovid. However, for easy access, the user must be able to familiarize the advanced scheme of the system. Ovid is not as user friendly as PubMed. However, when dealing with complicated and accurate searching, it is more preferable to use than PubMed. It provides fewer irrelevant journals than PubMed.

Ovid is either updated daily or weekly while PubMed is updated every day. Updated MEDLINE systems are mostly found on a PubMed system. Ovid’s system is usually seven days less up-to-date than PubMed. PubMed grants 60 per cent (approx.) of the library’s E-journals while Ovid can allow 80 per cent of it. Keywords are required upon searching using PubMed; Ovid uses set searching. In PubMed, if no articles match the keywords entered, the engine will look for articles related to the keywords entered in other fields. The order of citations in Ovid varies; commonly, the most recent citations appear first. In PubMed, citations are arranged according to the most recently read articles. Local holdings for recovered records are shown both in Ovid and PubMed, but PubMed displays only if the URL of PubMed is used. In Ovid, Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) browser is used. A MeSH browser provides effective and simple usage. Subheadings can be readily located and selected. Article titles are enumerated in their complete form unlike the abbreviated version of PubMed. The Search History in Ovid is simple to develop upon and is visible enough. PubMed’s URL is pubmed.gov whereas Ovid’s is gateway.ovid.com.

To sum it up, an individual’s literature exploration is affected by his/her database used. This is because each vendor (Ovid and PubMed) has their own way of presenting and constructing data. Ovid’s and PubMed’s performance in providing data from MEDLINE differs leading to a different construction of articles.

Summary:

1.Ovid and PubMed are both search systems for MEDLINE database.

2.PubMed is openly accessible for everyone since it is sponsored by the government. Its vast component is the MEDLINE dataset. It gives links to electronic items owned by the Drexel University Libraries while providing limited access to full-text journals.

3.Ovid, or MEDLINE Plus, is a commercial vendor’s interface or privately-owned border developed by different, private Ovid technologies. The user is able to view several different databases with different disciplines using the similar interface. However, the use of it is limited only to Drexel University students, faculty, and staff and St. Christopher’s as well as Hahnemann Hospital residents. Outsiders may have access to Ovid (“off-campus access”) provided that they will identify themselves in order to confirm their university affiliation. PubMed has a more advanced search system than Ovid, and it is easier to use than Ovid.

4.Ovid is not as user friendly as PubMed. However, when dealing with complicated and accurate searching, it is more preferable to use than PubMed.

5.Ovid is either updated daily or weekly while PubMed is updated every day. An individual’s literature exploration is affected by his/her database used. This is because each vendor (Ovid and PubMed) has their own way of presenting and constructing data. Ovid’s and PubMed’s performance in providing data from MEDLINE differs leading to a different construction of articles.


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