Guide to using FSTA on Ovid

Get the best out of FSTA on Ovid

We offer a variety of free training materials, including videos, downloadable documents, and regular webinars, in order to help users search as effectively as possible. Take a look below to find a range of information on how to get the most out of FSTA on the Ovid platform.

These resources are designed for anyone using FSTA to study or research, and for anyone supporting this research. In particular, we hope that these materials will be especially useful for those providing training and support to library users. You can even add these resources to your own training materials, website, or subject guides.

View and download our range of guides:

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Join us for: Using Boolean Operators to power your FSTA search on Ovid

Thursday 23rd February, 3pm BST (10am EST)

Boolean operators are the building blocks for any search string that uses more than one term. In this quick webinar we’ll examine how to combine them with keywords for optimal search performance. 

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Additional resources

As part of our mission to fundamentally understand and best serve the information needs of the food community, we have developed resources to help students and researchers to build their skills and feel confident researching information and publishing.


Through explanatory notes and practical, step-by-step guidance, our guide is designed to help you understand how to effectively plan and carry out your searches for literature reviews.

This is designed for students, researchers looking for a refresher and templates, librarians and information literacy trainers.

Read the guide


This guide has been developed to help authors navigate the process of selecting appropriate journals, and understand the range of factors which might influence the decisions of where to submit, such as open access, what to expert from the peer review process, the impact Factor and other metrics, and predatory journals.

Read the guide

Ask an Expert

Our Ask an Expert resource gives you the opportunity to ask us a question directly on a range of topics, such as how to search effectively, how to carry out literature reviews, and guidance on publishing your research.

Not only can you submit your own question to us, but you can also take a look at our bank of previously asked questions.

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Finding the right journal for publishing your research is a challenge. The FSTA Journal Recommendation Service (JRS) can help!

Find relevant, reputable journals by searching with an article’s keywords or abstract to return a list of potential journals.

Access the JRS


The FSTA Promotional Toolkit is a collection of multimedia resources to help you inform your peers and colleagues about FSTA. This includes posters and flyers, branding information, and support for social media promotion.

All promotional materials are free to download.

Visit the toolkit


We are developing new resources all of the time, so please do tell us if there are other resources or topics we haven't covered yet which you would find useful for your own research or for providing training to others. We welcome feedback!

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