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Search results can be exported from all major databases available via Monash Health Library. Exporting results is a key step in managing your results and preparing for later stages of your research, such as screening and writing.

First, a note about accessing full-text

You can access the full-text of individual articles from the search results, either before or after you export.

How to access full-text articles

How to export

See our 1-page summary of how to export search results from Ovid (Medline, Embase, Emcare, and APA PsycInfo), Cochrane Library, and ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health. Note: Ovid databases allow you to export a maximum of 1,000 results at a time. If you have more than 1,000 results you must export in batches i.e. 1-1000 then 1001- 2000 and so on.

Downloading & Exporting Database Results

For other databases, see the relevant database user guide in the A-Z List.

Databases and Apps A-Z

Choosing a file format

Most large databases will let you export results in a variety of file formats, e.g. Ovid offers 13 different options. Before selecting one or more file formats, consider the following:

  • Reference management -- be sure to export your results in a format compatible with your preferred reference manager. If in doubt, see our Referencing guide and export in multiple file formats.
  • Next steps in your research -- e.g. to screen your results in Covidence, you will need to import them as either an EndNote XML file or RIS text file.
  • Long-term preservation -- see our guidance on File Formats and Version Control.

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