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FSTA on Ovid: Introduction to effective searching for food and health information


This webinar introduces everything you need to know to find scientific literature on food and health using FSTA on the Ovid platform. The focus is on FSTA content, and the search modes available on Ovid to find it effectively. The webinar covers:

  • What literature you will find in FSTA
  • Natural language searching in Basic Search
  • How to use the FSTA thesaurus
  • Building a search in Advanced Search
  • The benefits and limitations of Multi-field Search
  • Using indexes in Search Fields
  • Applying filters to searches

A recording of this webinar is available here



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

  • How to use AND to narrow and focus a search
  • How to use OR to broaden a search
  • How to use NOT as a tool to understand results and refine them
  • The overlap between OR and truncation (two techniques for broadening a search)
  • The overlap between phrase searching and AND (two techniques for focusing a search)

A recording of this webinar is available here


Advanced searching techniques for FSTA on Ovid

Learn strategies to use FSTA with precision to find high-quality information in your area of interest within the sciences of food and health.

  • How to use Multi-Field Search and Search Fields
    Learn how to combine fields using Boolean to build searches to find specific information, and how built-in indexes will help ensure you find what you need.
  • How to use nuanced strategies to shape your search
    Learn what advanced proximity operators and truncation options are available to refine and optimise your search strategy.
  • How to save, edit, export and annotate your search
    Learn how to use the built in platform features to help you be as effective as possible in your research process, and stay up-to-date with the topics most important to your work.

A recording of this webinar is available here


Fine tune your Ovid search with phrase and proximity searching

What are they, how do they work, and which is better when?

Controlling the relationship between search terms can be a powerful device for finding relevant results, without being overwhelmed by the noise of irrelevant results.

The short webinar will introduce what proximity searching is available in Ovid, how to use them, and techniques you can use to check which strategy is better for a given set of search terms.

A recording of this webinar is available here


Keeping up to date with research

This short webinar will review how you can make the most of your Ovid workspace. Learn how to save searches and create search alerts. We’ll also look at options for exporting your results or saving them within your personal Ovid account.

A recording of this webinar is available here


FSTA Human Studies Filter on the Ovid platform

This short webinar will introduce the FSTA human studies filter - where to find it, why it works, when you might want to use it, and how to save it to a personal account so that you can easily add it to any search as needed.

A recording of this webinar is available here


About the presenter

Carol Hollier, Senior Information Literacy and Outreach Manager, IFIS Publishing

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Before joining IFIS, Carol worked as an academic librarian in the UK and USA as a Reference and Instruction Librarian, Academic Subject Librarian, Faculty Team Librarian for Biosciences, and Senior Librarian for Teaching and Learning Support. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Kent State University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Lincoln, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.