Changes to Medline and PsycINFO

On 1st April 2015 there will be some “behind the scenes” changes to the NHS ATHENS database search (HDAS) of Medline and PsycINFO.

All existing saved searches and alerts in Medline & PsycINFO will be deleted on Monday 30th March 2015.

If you wish to keep your searches you will need to access and export them before 8am on Monday 30th March.

To download your saved searches do the following:

  • Login to Medline or PsycINFO using NHS ATHENS from – click “Search the databases”
  • click “saved searches” and select the saved search you wish to retain
  • “run” that search
  • once the search has completed you can either
    • copy and paste the strategy into a Word file, save it and keep it safe,
    • view the results from your search and select (tick) one article; scroll to the bottom of the screen and select ‘MS Word’ and the ‘Short’ Display Format and click on ‘Save Results’
      This will save a  Word file with the strategy included.

Follow the same procedure for every search and alert you wish to keep.

Once the changes have been made to Medline and PsycINFO you will need to manually re-type your search / alert and save it again.

Please note – this will not affect any saved searches/alerts in the other HDAS databases (CINAHL, Embase, AMED, BNI, HMIC, Health Business Elite).

Please contact the Warner Library ( or 01245 514708) if you would like any help in downloading your searches. More detailed instructions can be found here.

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