Access to Medline, Embase, PsycINFO and other databases is changing

Access to Medline, Embase, PsycINFO and other databases is changing! If you have saved searches or alerts on Silverplatter / WebSPIRS databases you must transfer them before the end of September.

Many key biomedical databases for UCL staff and students are now available through a new interface called OvidSP. OvidSP has replaced Silverplatter / WebSPIRS, to provide more up to date references and new search features. From 1st October databases will no longer be available through the Silverplatter / WebSPIRS interface and all saved searches will be lost.

Databases now available through OvidSP include:
Biotechnology Abstracts
HAPI (Health and Psychosocial Instruments)
HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium)

Other resources accessible through OvidSP include a selection of ejournals and ebooks, including PsycBOOKS.

To access databases through OvidSP, link through the Library webpages:

Users are advised to update any personal bookmarks they may have for these databases, as the old access routes will be switched off on 30 September. Saved searches will not be transferred automatically - they must be recreated on the new platform. To view your saved searches in the old interface, go to for all except PsycInfo, which can be found at the ARC2 service.


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