Ovid: A New Level of Search

Ovid, a Wolters Kluwer Health business, rolled out its new precision search and discovery platform called OvidSP at London Online that has enough sterling functions to make any user smile.

Since it went live on Oct. 25, OvidSP has collected a rather loyal audience of users (whether novice or expert) who will attest that the extensive user-driven feedback behind the scenes has culminated in a product that churns out relevant results quickly, accurately, and easily. Karen Abramson, president and CEO of Wolters Kluwer Health, Medical Research, is certainly pleased with the launch, but she’s even more enthusiastic about what lies ahead. "Version 1 is the first phase of the vision," she says, "and we’ll continue to build and refine the search platform with upcoming releases that will cover in-depth workflow tools, collaborative features, and more." She says the product works on all levels: for end users to easily search complex topics on their own, for librarians to help clients search for relevant results, and for publishers to promote their journal and book content.

OvidSP offers a host of features: a simple, intuitive user interface; natural-language processing; multiple search modes (for all levels of searchers); and a variety of workflow tools. Users can search across a collection of books, journals, and databases for the most relevant results. Need help? Users can tap into Ovid’s Knowledge Base for more information or ask an on-site expert a question.

The search tabs make navigation  easy, whether finding citations, changing search tools or search fields, or consulting Ovid Syntax. Need to narrow your search? The Search Aid at the left side of the screen lists the terms used in a search, then it offers ways to narrow or broaden the search, depending on the results received. Users can also stay on the same page to check out abstracts (no need to toggle away and then come back) and set up customized alerts via RSS feeds or email (AutoAlerts and eTOCs). Can’t spell? OvidSP will display a warning with an assortment of options. The yellow note icon also lets users annotate any results in their research along the way.

The SP, by the way, actually stands for SilverPlatter, but Abramson likes to refer to the SP as "Super Product." 

Barbara Brynko
Editor in Chief
Information Today

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