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Library Tutorials: MEDLINE

The following tutorials will help you get started using the research tools provided by Himmelfarb.

MEDLINE General Information

What is MEDLINE?

Accessing MEDLINE

Visit the Himmelfarb Library homepage at In the box labeled Popular Resources, under the Databases heading, select MEDLINE.

Why use Ovid MEDLINE?

In addition to PubMed, which is free for anyone to use, Himmelfarb Library also provides access to MEDLINE through Ovid. MedLine uses a different search interface than PubMed, and some find that it returns more precise results. To use Ovid MEDLINE, you will need to log in to the Himmelfarb network via the VPN

Searching for Evidence Based Literature in Ovid MEDLINE

Video produced by Laupus Library, East Carolina University (skip to 0:57)

Ovid MEDLINE - Advanced Search

Video produced by the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library, University of Alberta. 


EBM Filters in MEDLINE

You can also restrict your search to retrieve evidence-based results in MEDLINE. Enter a term, then click Search

Once you execute a search, the Additional Limits button will become active, which will allow you to further refine your results. Click on Additional Limits

  • To limit by EBM/Clinical Reviews, choose Meta Analysis and Practice Guideline from the "Publication Types" menu. Hold down the CTRL key to highlight more than one choice. 
  • To limit by EBM/Clinical Trials, choose Controlled Clinical Trial, Multicenter Study, and Randomized Controlled Trial
  • You can also limit by date range (for current research) and specific populations (age group, male/female) if needed.