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Embase

Guide to using Embase - an international biomedical and pharmaceutical database

What is Embase?


Embase is a biomedical database that  focuses on  drugs and pharmacology, medical devices, clinical medicine, and basic science relevant to clinical medicine. It includes over 30 million records from 8,500+ currently published journals. Embase additionally  includes six million+ records and 2,700+ journals that are not covered by MEDLINE. 

Embase also includes conference abstracts from important biomedical, drug and medical device conferences dating back to 2009. It currently indexes 1,000+ conferences covering 300,000+ conference abstracts each year—advanced information that can’t be found searching MEDLINE alone

Embase is a merger of these databases

  • Embase, the Excerpta Medica database from Elsevier – 1974 to present
  • Embase Classic (Excerpta Medica Abstract Journals backfile) – 1947-1973
  • Medline (available through PubMed@UT) from 1950 onward. However the most recent unindexed material from PubMed is Not included. High-profile journals like JAMA or the New England Journal of Medicine are indexed within days, but other journals take weeks to months.(http://www.ashburypress.com/medline/resources/in-process.html)


Embase results will almost always exceed those by Medline/PubMed alone, especially in searches involving drugs or medical devices.The figure below is from the Embase results page (Sources link) for nadroparin adverse drug reactions. The numbers do not add up because the Drug section is in Beta.
Click here for detailed instructions on how to exclude Medline/Pubmed records from the results.

 

Quick Start Videos - Embase

Embase was updated (including search box at the home page) September 30, 2016.
When the new Quick Start video becomes available, it will be entered here.