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OvidSP databases

Guide to using OvidSP databases

What is OvidSP?

The OvidSP interface provides access to a range of databases, e-journals and e- books. The databases are particularly useful for identifying journal articles and other publications on a particular topic within the subject areas covered by each database. The examples in this guide are based on MEDLINE but each OvidSP database has similar functionality.

Accessing OvidSP databases

UCL staff and students may access OvidSP resources from any computer. Link from the UCL Library Services databases list  Off-site access requires a UCL user ID.

NHS staff who are eligible for membership of UCL's libraries may be able to access some OvidSP resources with an NHS OpenAthens account.

Other UCL library members may access OvidSP resources from 'Explore access points' situated within Library buildings.

Important!
Always link to the OvidSP database of your choice from the UCL Library Services databases list or from links on this page. This will ensure you have full access.

Which databases are available through OvidSP?

What's a database?