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Embase vs Medline: which should I use?

By Roxanne Cox

Combined Embase and Medline searches yield more articles than searching either Embase or Medline alone. Searchers who rely on only one database will miss relevant information.

Embase, an Elsevier database has a broad biomedical base with in-depth coverage of drugs and pharmacology as well as medical devices. Embase, which includes Medline, has 30+ million records from 8500 journals including six million record from 2700 journals not covered by Medline. It has over 71, 000 subject headings of which more than 30,000 are drugs and chemicals and it indexes over 300,000 conference abstracts beginning in 2009. Embase has more European journals not covered by PubMed, more non-English journals, and more drug therapy journals.

Embase also has extensive limiting options including routes of drug administration, drug trade names, drug manufactures device trade names as well as study types, age groups, and publication years.

There are also specific search options for drugs, disease, or devices, as well as a basic and advanced search options. You can also take advantage of searching for terms that are next to or near one another, thus taking advantage of the implied relationship between the terms.

PubMed/Medline contains over 25 million records from over 5,600 biomedical journals with Medline, a subset of PubMed. Medline comprises approximately 98% of PubMed. Medline covers areas of medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health, and veterinary medicine. Medline uses MeSH to index records providing more subject/ subheading combinations than Embase providing more specific search results.

Wilkins, T., Gillies, R. A., & Davies, K. (2005). EMBASE versus MEDLINE for family medicine searches: Can MEDLINE searches find the forest or a tree? Canadian Family Physician Medecin De Famille Canadien, 51, 848-849.


From the archives: Alumni reunions of the past

Second alumni week 1911By John Schleicher

UNMC Alumni weekend is coming up October 2nd and 3rd. As those of us on campus today meet and greet alumni from years gone by, we can take note that events such as this have been going on for at least 100 years or so. What is not the same as in the past however is that alumni weekend was alumni week—the whole week—in the early years of the 20th century. The week-long event included a series of continuing education programs, lectures, clinics, and evening activities such as receptions and banquets. Just like today though, on Friday night there were individual class parties for each of the reunion classes. Those in attendance in 1913 included a who’s who of well-known names from UNMC’s history: Bridges, Cutter, Karrer, Poynter, Wigton, and many other familiar names from the early days of the College of Medicine.

The archives has proceedings of the alumni weeks from the 3rd, 4th, and 5th sessions, held in 1912, 1913 and 1914. Continuing education through clinics, lectures and conferences was stressed during the day, with clinics held at hospitals across Omaha, including Douglas County, Immanuel, and Methodist, because the University of Nebraska Hospital (now Nebraska Medicine) did not open until 1917. Evenings were set aside for various entertainments, including receptions, dinners, “smokers” (informal gatherings for entertainment and discussion), and special celebrations for various classes and fraternities. The Union Pacific and Burlington railroads even scheduled special trains to bring alumni from across the state into Omaha for the week.

To visit the UNMC archives, contact the Special Collections Department at 402-559-7094 to schedule an appointment or inquire at the AskUs desk on the 6th floor of Wittson Hall.

Resource spotlight: Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy

By Alison Bobal

Acland’s Video Atlas includes over 300 narrated videos of real cadaver specimens that were not stiffened or discolored by embalming. The videos use rotating specimens that lets you see them as three-dimensional objects.

In each part of the body, the Video Atlas starts with structures that give you the foundation for your understanding. The bones are shown first, then joints and their movements, then the muscles, and then the blood vessels and nerves. This is the reverse of the order that is seen in dissection, where the foundation is not understood until the end.

The Video Atlas content can be searched by anatomical regions and parts. Run times are listed for each part. You can start, stop, and pause at any time while viewing a video, as well as jump to specific parts using the expanded table of contents. At the end of each region of the body, there is a brief review section which recaps the important structures for test preparation and knowledge reinforcement.

The Video Atlas platform also includes exams modules. You can use the exam feature two ways: the “review mode”, which does not limit the time per question and the correct answer is displayed after your response or the “exam mode”, which has a 60-second limit per question and the correct answers are provided upon exam completion. At the end of the “exam mode” you will be presented with a recommended viewing list based on your performance.

Who in the library … faculty & staff profiles

Alissa Fial
Education & Research Services Librarian
Education & Research Services

Tell us about your job in the library.Fial-Headshot - Copy

I am an Education & Research Services (E&RS) Librarian, and I supervise Circulation Services (a team of 5 great individuals). As an E&RS Librarian, I conduct literature searches for UNMC-affiliates. The searches run a gamut of topics and areas, which for me, makes the job very interesting and something different each day. I serve on UNMC committees and I am the library liaison to the College of Nursing. As the liaison, I focus on their particular needs and I teach classes on library resources and searching.  As the supervisor in Circulation Services, I oversee the area of checking out materials to patrons, keeping up to date on policies, etc.

When would you most likely meet or talk with me?

You will see me at the AskUs Desk during the week. I answer questions that come in face-to-face, phone, chat, and email. Of course, you may see me in one of your classes. I present live to different campuses, face-to-face, and can virtually embedded in online classes, offering suggestions, tips and tricks, and research assistance.

What do you like about working in the library?

The Library is an amazing place. I love the variety of my work, but mostly I love interacting with the faculty, students and staff at UNMC. They inspire me, and I take great joy in assisting them on their research, educational and scholarly pursuits.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love being with my family and boyfriend, and I’m active in my church.