Embase has over 41 million records, including articles from 8,100 peer-reviewed journal titles. Sixty topic areas are covered, including thirty core clinical and pharmacology topics that represent over 70% of Embase content. Embase also has over 3.6 million conference abstracts from over 11,500 conferences. The database has more of an international focus than PubMed, and also has greater coverage for pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Note that this content is for the Embase.com version of the database, not the Ovid version.
Embase's strengths lie in its comprehensive indexing and value-added tools. Explore the toolbar at the top of the search options for different options on drugs (PV Wizard, Drugs), medical devices, diseases, and PICO frameworks. Below, find tips for using PV Wizard, Drugs, and Medical Device search options.
The PV Wizard (PV stands for pharmacovigilance) allows the searcher to create straightforward queries that include trade names, generic names, and synonyms for drugs and pharmaceuticals. Access the PV Wizard from the search toolbar. Enter your desired drug name and follow the prompts for the most comprehensive drug search. The steps are briefly outlined in the screencast below.
While this search option is not fully comprehensive, it can help a searcher find literature on adverse events, toxicity, interactions, and specify routes of administration. The brief tutorial below outlines these steps.
The Medical Device search is located in the Embase search toolbar. Enter the medical device name, browse and edit synonyms, and follow the prompts to create a comprehensive medical device search. The steps are outlined in the screencast below.
For more information about the differences between MeSH and Emtree, browse this useful whitepaper from Elsevier, "A Comparison of Emtree and MeSH."
'botany'/deonly finds records indexed with botany, and not ethnobotany, forensic botany, or palynology. Command to search:
Detailed information about Emtree vocabulary is available at Elsevier's support hub.
Keywords can be generated by
Surround phrases with single or double quotes to search as a phrase. This will allow for a more precise search.
*at the root of a word to find multiple endings. For example:
?as a wildcard to search for letter variants within a word (e.g. wom?n finds women and woman)