Please note: Embase is updated constantly, so don’t worry if your results don’t match the ones in the images exactly.
Go to the Embase home page and select Quick Search.
Type any key word or phrase into the Search box. Use an asterisk (*) to retrieve variations on a word, e.g., bacter* retrieves bacteria, bacterium, bacteriophage, etc. As you add terms, the search button will show the number of articles your search will pull up.
You may add more search terms in additional lines, adjusting their Boolean operator (AND, OR, NOT) and field dropdown menu as needed.
If desired, limit the search by publication year, date entered by Embase, or some types of publication. More limiters will be available on the results page.
Click Search or press Enter on your keyboard to run your search.
At the top of the results list you will find the number of results and several options for viewing your results. By default, results are shown in order of publication year. You can adjust the display order to show results in the order of how well they match your search according to Embase's algorithms, by author, or by date entered into Embase. Citations are displayed in Summary format, up to 25 per page. You can change the display to include abstracts by clicking 'Show all abstracts'. To increase the number of citations per page (up to 200), scroll to the bottom of the page and select a different number in the 'Records per page' dropdown menu.
At the top and left of your results page you will see options for filtering or limiting your search. Unlike in PubMed, selecting a filter will not automatically affect the results displayed. For the filters on the left, select your filters then click Apply. For the filters at the top, select your filter then click the Search button. In both cases, the filter will be added to your search string and the new results will incorporate that filter.
You may combine previous searches by clicking the box beside the searches, selecting AND or OR, then clicking the Combine button
or add additional terms to an existing search by clicking the search number to display additional options to add the search to the Builder OR using the pound sign (#) before the search number, e.g., #2 AND #6 or #3 AND drug therapy in the Builder boxes.
Quick reference guide for Embase's syntax. Some things have PubMed equivalents, but others, like proximity searching, do not.