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Embase Basics

This guide provides basic information about using the Embase online database.

Introduction to Embase

Embase is an online database providing coverage of one of the largest selections of biomedical literature available, including:

  • 8500+ currently published journals from 90+ countries, nearly 3000 of which are not indexed by PubMed or Medline

  • 32 million+ records

  • grey literature, including 3 million abstracts from 7000+ conferences dating back to 2009

  • extensive drug and pharmacy literature

  • historical literature dating back to 1947

Embase facilitates precision searching with several distinct search types and extensive search refinement tools. It utilizes a hierarchically-structured controlled vocabulary called Emtree.