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PsycINFO and Related Databases move to EBSCO!

Drexel University Libraries is pleased to announce changes in electronic resource offerings in psychology. Effective July 1, 2013 access to the core resources in psychology published by the American Psychological Association, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS and PsycCRITIQUES will move from the existing Ovid platform to EBSCOhost. In addition, the Libraries will be adding APA’s newest resource, PsycTESTS to our electronic collections.

OVID PDF issues


We are sorry to say that the difficulties with retrieving journal article PDFs from OVID when off-campus seem to be continuing.

SFX: OVID and ScienceDirect connection problems

We have been experiencing some difficulties connecting to journals in the OVID and ScienceDirect (Elsevier) collections via the SFX linking system.  The OVID problem seems to occur only when connecting from off-campus while the ScienceDirect problem can occur regardless of location.

In both cases, it is still possible to obtain the desired journal article.

For ScienceDirect journals: ScienceDirect seems to be having trouble interpreting the article-level information from SFX.  Return to the SFX window, and remove the year, volume, issue a

OvidSP Enhancements

The next release of OvidSP is scheduled to go live Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 10:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (14:00 GMT).

The "Damaged" PDF Problem

Many of our library patrons have brought to our attention a sporadic problem they have encountered when attempting to open journal articles within OVID and other journal collections.  An article will appear to be available, but the user will receive a message that the file is "damaged" and cannot be opened.

Our systems staff are working on putting a permanent solution in place.  In the meantime, however, we ask that anyone who encounters this problem contact us, either via email at, or phone -- 215-762-7184

OVID journals policy

I have had a few folks calling in frustration over accessibility to some of our Ovid journals (from either PsycInfo, LWW Total Access Collection, or Journals at OVID within Medline).  The root of the issue is OVID's accessibility policy, which is:

Reprise: CINAHL now available only through EBSCO

In early July, the Libraries announced that the CINAHL database would now be available only on the EBSCOHost platform.

OVID Document Order Function Eliminated

Due to incompatibility with our ILLiad electronic Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery service, we have had to discontinue the "Order" option formerly available through the OVID database search system.  Because document requests using the OVID "Order" function could not be transferred directly in to the ILLiad system, delays in processing requests were unavoidable, and the possibility of errors increased.

Those using OVID for searching MEDLINE or other databases can take advantage of our highly-efficient Interlibrary Loan service by way of SFX.  When OVID full-text is not available, and the SF

MEDLINE: OVID and PUBMED, a comparison

With the proliferation of websites offering some form of MEDLINE searching, the Health Sciences Libraries have developed this resource to help users understand the options and limitations of the several systems available to them.

MEDLINE is a biomedical bibliographic database that was developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  

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