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Embase Basics

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

Embase's Quick Search feature is straightforward, allowing searching with keywords and phrases.


Embase remembers your recent search queries within a search session so you can easily refer back to them.

You can also combine two or more of your past queries by selecting them and clicking "combine."


When entering a search term, Embase will suggest appropriate Emtree terms to utilize. 

  • When entering pacemaker, the drop-down menu recommends the Emtree term cardiac rhythm management device.

Numerous filters on the left side of the results page allow you to easily narrow your results.

  • Try narrowing by study type, drug, publication year, etc.

You can also limit your results with options located directly below the search bar:

quick search limits


To enhance the relevance of your search, consider using Boolean and other operators:

" " or ' '

"ischemic stroke" or 'ischemic stroke' → results containing the exact phrase ischemic stroke

[ischemic stroke → results containing ischemic and stroke, but not necessarily next to each other]

AND 'heart attack' AND stroke → results containing both heart attack and stroke
OR 'heart attack' OR stroke → results containing heart attack, stroke, or both
NOT 'heart attack' NOT stroke → results containing heart attack, but not stroke
NEAR/n ischemic NEAR/6 stroke → "ischemic stroke", "a stroke can be either hemorrhagic or ischemic"
NEXT/n stroke NEXT/5 ischemic → "a stroke can be either ischemic or hemorrhagic"
* chlori*e → chlorine, chloride, chlorinate
child
* → child, children, childhood
? chlori?e → chlorine, chloride
/de

'carcinoma'/de → results about carcinomas as a general category

("de" = descriptor)

/exp

'carcinoma'/exp → results about carcinomas as a general category, plus related terms like basal cell carcinoma, adenosarcoma, etc.

("exp" = explode)

/syn 'carcinoma'/syn → results from 'carcinoma'/exp, plus results about synonymous terms (e.g. malignant epithelial tumor)
A full list of Embase field codes is available here.