Medline indexes information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and more. It is produced by the National Library of Medicine, and uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals. You will need an Athens username and password. External members and mentors are not entitled to an Athens password.
Do not use Internet Explorer to search Medline. It has a fault which makes it difficult to display the full text of articles. Use Firefox or Google Chrome. Go to the EBSCO home page at http://search.ebscohost.com/athens.asp Enter your Athens username and password and click Login. You can also go to Medline using the Databases section of the Search for menu, then click Medline. Enter your Athens username and password and click Login. To get the most from Medline, it is best to search it on its own.
You can do a basic search using your own keywords, but you will get better results by using MeSH headings. Click MeSH on the blue bar at the top of the screen. Type your search term in the box and click Browse. Medline displays a list of relevant index terms, select by clicking on the box beside the term and then click Search database.
You can add in more search terms to build up your search. Type in the terms and browse the index. If you want to search for more than one term, it is best to run several individual searches, then combine them. Run your search, then click the Clear button to clear the form before running the next one. Your search history should appear under the search form, if not, click the blue Search history/Alerts link below the search boxes. Click Clear, then select the searches to combine by Clicking in the box beside each search. Then decide how you want to combine them by clicking either the grey Search with and (to narrow) or Search with or (to widen). You can build up your search using exact index terms by repeating these steps.
You can display the subject tree by clicking on the term, and get more information on it by clicking the link to scope notes. Once you have run your search the first ten results will be displayed on screen.
Using other indexes. You can search using other indexes to guide you. Click Indexes on the toolbar at the top of the screen. Select the index you want (such as Author or Journal title) from the drop drown list and follow the same steps as given above for using MeSH headings.
Some basic search limits are displayed in a green Narrow results column on the left on the results screen. Clicking them will automatically narrow your search and display the results. You can apply as many of these as you like, but you must do it one at a time. More options are available by clicking the Refine Results column on the right of the list of results. For a full list of options, click the blue << Search options link. Select the limits then click the search button in the blue upper area of the screen. Results will be tagged with Limits set.
If you want to search for different forms of a word, use the truncation and wildcard symbols when typing in your search term. The truncation symbol (*) will search for alternative endings of a word - teen* will find teen, teenager, or teens
The wildcard symbol (?) will search for alternative characters - labo?r will find labour and labor
After you run a search, the first ten records will appear. Scroll through them using the up/down arrows or scroll bar. Before you can print, email, save or export to RefWorks, you have to add references to your folder. Near the foot of each reference is a yellow folder icon maked Add to folder. When you click it, the icon will change to Remove from folder and the title will display in the Folder has items column to the right. To go in to your folder, click Folder view on the right. This displays all the items you have added. Before you can process them, you will need to select from this list. You can select individual items by clicking the box beside the title, or select them all by clicking the box beside select/deselect all at the top of the list.
In your folder, click the Save icon then the blue Save button. Select the file menu from the browser toolbar, then save as. Choose the directory and filename where you wish to store your references (for example, h:search.txt). If you want to reuse your results after you have processed them, untick the box marked Remove these items from folder after saving. Click Back to return to the previous screen.
This is a quick and easy way to process several EBSCO PDF Full Text files. If you email a list of these, you will get one email listing the references, then individual emails with each PDF file as an attachment to it. In your folder, click the Email icon, type in your email address and click Send. If you want to reuse your results after you have processed them, untick the box marked Remove these items from folder after sending. Click Continue then Back to return to the previous screen.
In your folder, click the print icon. Click Print again in the printer dialogue box. If you want to reuse your results after you have processed them, untick the box marked Remove these items from folder after printing. Return to results by clicking Back
In your folder, click the export icon. Select Direct export to RefWorks then Save. If you have a pop-up blocker on the PC, click on the yellow bar at the top of the screen and select and option to enable pop-ups from this site. The RefWorks window will open, click on Athens users. The references will be imported into your RefWorks account. If you want to reuse your results after you have processed them, untick the box marked Remove these items from folder after saving. Click Log off then close the window. Click Back to return to the previous screen.
Some references have direct links to the full text of articles. They are available in two formats, HTML or PDF Full Text You can display and process them individually or select several and email them to yourself. Commercial databases do not display all of the full text links available to GCU resources, to check if an item is available in either electronic or print format, click 360 link check for full text. This links in to our journals management system and the library catalogue. Click on the blue links to link to electronic journals from suppliers such as ScienceDirect or directly from the publishers. You can also check what years are available in print by clicking the catalogue link. If the item is not available, try other local university library catalogues or apply for an inter library loan.
Click the blue Search history/Alerts link below the search boxes. Your searches will be displayed along with the keywords used and number of results found. You can print this out by clicking on the Print Search History link at the top of the list, then clicking the print icon on the browser toolbar. You can also use the Save Searches function, this allows you to save searches so that you can rerun them later. This first time you use save searches, you will need to register as an EBSCO user. It is easiest just to use your Athens username and password for this. You can choose how long you want to keep your searches on the EBSCO web site, but remember you must click on the grey Save button to save your searches.
Once you have run some searches, you may want to run the same searches on a different database. Click on Choose databases >> below the blue toolbar at the top of the screen and select the database you want.
There is no logoff icon in this version of Medline, just close down the browser or navigate on to another screen. Your session will time out automatically.
Help is available during your search by clicking on the Help button at the top of the screen. You can book a training session by giving your name at the base. If you have any questions which cannot be answered by this guide please contact your librarian.