I primarily use Ovid to do Medline searches. Every so often I get a really ugly search where I have to look through the results and select a few here and there to combine with other items within the Search Strategy. In the beginning with Ovid (prior to SP) I simply clicked the boxes next to the citation and when done I clicked the link for Main Search Page. Selected citations were then added to my Search History. With SP things changed. The link for Main Search Page was absent because the Search History was on every page of the citation list. So when I clicked the boxes next to the citations I couldn’t easily get them into the Search History box. I ended up using rather clunky but effective method to add the citations to the Search History. I clicked the citation boxes then I clicked Print Preview in the Results Manager. The citations would display on the screen along with the link to the Main Search Page. I would click the Main Search Page link and it then my selected results would be in the Search History.
Last Friday I just found out that I no longer have to do all of this. From now on when selecting articles I just click on the citation boxes and then scroll up to the top of the page and click View Selected (it is in blue and it is located next to Database Field Guide) and that automatically adds my selected citations to the Search Strategy. I know this sounds like a silly tip to post about, but I thought I would pass it along because I bet there are others like me who don’t know about this.
If you knew about this, then feel free to post another search tip about Ovid or PubMed that others can benefit from.