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Effective Database Searching: EMBASE (Ovid)

This guide to key library databases helps you decide which databases to use and assists you in searching them more effectively.

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EMBASE (Ovid) Overview

International in scope, EMBASE is a major biomedical database covering all of Medline and 2700 unique journals. 


- Unrivaled for covering drug and pharmaceutical-related literature.

- Utilizes a controlled vocabulary that is more than twice as large as Medline's MeSH thesaurus known as Emtree.

- Offers proximity searching capability. For example, lung adj5 transplant allows you to search for a string of terms within five words of lung and trunsplant such as lung and antibiotics therapy in transplant.

- Citations date back to 1947.

- Shares the same interface with Ovid Medline and other Ovid databases.

- Includes recent conference abstracts (2009+).

- Includes references to the evidence-based Cochrane Systematic Reviews.

-Covers pre-publication Articles in Press.

- Search different Ovid databases at one time, e.g., you can search MEDLINE & EMBASE simultaneously (however, the "Map Term to Subject Heading" feature, which automatically utilizes a database controlled vocabulary, such as MeSH or EMTREE, is disengaged).


- When doing a subject search, you must select the Explode option to expand search results.

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