Answered By: Laurissa Gann
Last Updated: Mar 02, 2016     Views: 135

MEDLINE (PubMed) and MEDLINE (Ovid) are two different interfaces that can both search the same data set of citations called MEDLINE.  As always with different electronic interfaces, each one has unique features, such as filters for narrowing search results, ways of saving search strategies and results, and more.

Since MEDLINE (PubMed) and MEDLINE (Ovid) are are searching the same data set, the same search run in each database should theoretically produce identical results.  However, there may be some unique records available via each interface, so results will not always overlap 100%.  For instance, MEDLINE (PubMed) also searches some citations specially created by the National Library of Medicine, including some e-books.

MD Anderson staff, students, and faculty who would like to meet with a librarian to learn how to effectively search MEDLINE (PubMed) and/or MEDLINE (Ovid) should send an e-mail or call the Research Medical Library at 713-792-2282.

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