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Embase Help Guide

Guide to searching Embase, a biomedical database focused on drugs and pharmacology, medical devices, clinical medicine, and basic sciences relevant to clinical medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What journals are indexed in Embase and how are they selected?

To see all indexed journals in Embase, click 'Journals' in the top bar on any page. The journals are sorted alphabetically. For more information on the journal (e.g. the publisher, the number of issues per year), click 'About'. You can also visit their support center to download the current list of journals available in Embase.

The Embase journal selection procedures provide a brief description of the criteria used for inclusion, along with the journal topic having a biomedical focus. A list of subject categories available through the Journal Title Suggestion form provides examples of eligible subjects.

Is there a mobile version of Embase?

As of December 2020, there is not a version of Embase specifically for mobile devices.

How do I find peer-reviewed articles in Embase?

Most of the articles in Embase are peer reviewed, but some other material, such as conference papers, editorials, and letters, are not. There is no limiter specifically for peer review. Use Publication types to limit your search to Article, Review, and Article In Press. Most of what is left will be peer reviewed. To confirm whether a specific journal is peer reviewed, follow the "Full text on publisher’s website" link in the upper right corner to get to the journal's website, then find the about information for that journal.

How do I find Help?

For comprehensive Embase help see the Embase Support Center or click the ? link at the top right of Embase pages. In Advanced, Drug, Disease, or Device search, click on Search Tips for a chart of quick search-building information, such as Boolean operators and truncation/wildcard symbols. Video tutorials are available through the Support Center. For additional assistance, consult with a librarian.

How can I find a complete citation for a single article?

Use the Quick Search to search for known pieces of information about a specific reference in order to retrieve the full citation. Select the item in the dropdown that corresponds to the type of information, such as Title or DOI. Or use the Article search and enter the known pieces of information.

Where can I save my citations?

To temporarily save citations, use the Clipboard. The Clipboard acts as a temporary holding file for all citations collected during your online session. Select desired citations and use "Add to Clipboard" to save to Clipboard. To retrieve the citations on your Clipboard, click on the My Tools link at the top of the page, then Clipboard.  Results on the Clipboard will be lost after 8 hours of inactivity or when you close the browser. To indefinitely save citations, you will need to create a free Embase account. Follow the instructions in the Managing Results and Searches page in this guide. To retrieve your saved Clipboard, click on the My Tools link at the top of the page, then Saved Clipboards.

How do I save my search strategy?

The search history for the current session will appear at the top of the Results page. You can save individual searches to your Embase account using the instructions in the Managing Results and Searches page in this guide. To retrieve your saved Clipboard, click on the My Tools link at the top of the page, then Saved Searches. You can also email or export all or parts of your search history for the session. To do so, click the box next to History to select the whole search history for the current session, then Export or Email.
Note: to view in Excel, export your search history in CSV format. In Excel, use Save As to convert it to an Excel document.