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Guide to using Embase - an international biomedical and pharmaceutical database

Quick Start - Embase

Go to the Embase home page, select Quick Search


Limit search results through left column options - Embase

Go to the column to the left of the search results. Narrow the search with one or more of the options, as

  • Sources (Embase and/or Medline)
  • Drugs
  • Diseases
  • Study types (human, clinical trial, case report, cinical article, etc)
  • Publication types ( article, review, letter, conference paper, etc)

Click on Apply at the top of the options when done

Manage Results - Embase




View - First select the items you would like to view. Use checkmarks or Select number of items.
The full records of items checked  will include citation, abstract, and associated  terms (drug, disease, and subject).

Export - Options include EndNote and Plain Text.

Order- Do not use this publisher option to order.  Get free full text of articles through the  link. If full text is not available, click on  "Place a request for this item using your ILLiad Interlibrary Loan account'. More info on getting free articles through ILLiad at

Add to Clipboard - Clipboard saves contents of checked articles. Unless you save the records on your Clipboard, they only remain there until the end of your search session or until you delete them manually, i.e, Clipboard is temporary.

Embase Additional Search Tips

Additional Search Tips

  • Break up your search into individual topics/searches and combine searches using the combine feature on the search results page

  • When editing searches, remember to amend or delete the date range or other unwanted limits from your strategy before adding a new date range or alternative limits.

  • Look at index terms of relevant records for possible index terms that you haven’t yet considered.

  • Scan titles and/or abstracts for alternative search terms.

  • View a relevant record from your search results and click on Related Articles