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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.


Take PubMed searches and results to go with My NCBI

By Cindy Schmidt

Would you like to save a PubMed search so that you can view the results again later?

Want to receive search updates from PubMed?

Need to collect selected, PubMed results in a permanently accessible location?

Create your own My NCBI account.  You can use the account to:

  • save searches and rerun the entire search later,  see just the new results, or request e-mailed search updates.
  • save selected groups of PubMed results in “My NCBI collections”.

There are a few, less than obvious steps you will need to take if you want to log into your My NCBI from off-campus while maintaining access to UNMC’s full-text journal licenses/subscriptions.  Step-by-step instructions are available here.  The “less than obvious” steps are pointed out by use of red font.

Library classes announced

Pick up some new library tricks: from our bag to yours! Library classes for January and February of 2014 have just been announced. To register, go to or contact Teresa Hartman at

Advanced PubMed Class
February 18, Tuesday, Noon-1:30pm

You use PubMed every day – come to this class and learn new tips and tools to improve your PubMed searches and methods to keep up with your research topics. This one-hour, hands-on class will cover constructing effective searches, getting to full-text, and setting up alerts to keep up with your research interests. The class is open to UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center faculty, staff, students, and affiliates.

RefWorks-Citations and Bibliographies Made Easier   
January 14, Tuesday, 10:30am-Noon
February 21, Friday, 10:30am-Noon

Create a searchable database from your MEDLINE, CINAHL, and PsycINFO search results. Use that database to insert citations and create bibliographies in your papers in just minutes. Reformat your paper for submission to a new journal in seconds. Learn how to do this and more. The class is open to all UNMC faculty, staff, students, and alumni

APA-Citation style
January 23, Thursday, Noon-1:30pm
February 19, Wednesday, Noon-1:30pm

Are you interested in learning more about the basics of citing using the American Psychological Association (APA) style? Come to this class. This one-hour, hands-on class will cover rules about the APA style format, in-text citing, and the Reference List. You will also learn where to look in the Manual for your answers!

Setting up Research Alerts   
February 12, Wednesday, Noon-1pm

Conducting research and want to keep up on the latest? Alerts can help you track what is being published, who is citing you and what your colleagues are working on. During this 1 hour session we will discuss how to create search alerts in Google News and Google Scholar, EBSCOHost, and MyNCBI through PubMed.

Google Scholar   
January 21, Tuesday, Noon-1pm

Learn how to use this interdisciplinary tool to locate and manage your research information. Class covers tips on searching and customizing your personal Scholar interface.

PubMed interface changes

“In order to provide users with a more visible and accessible way to narrow PubMed results, the Limits page will be replaced by a results filter sidebar.” This change will seem familiar, as it echoes the limit options provided within Google results. To read more about the changes, please read the NLM Technical Bulletin.

I didn't search for that! PubMed search problem and fix

Due to a modification to PubMed search algorithms, an inadvertent issue has occurred. Some terms are being translated incorrectly; thus the search statement and results are not entirely accurate. PubMed is aware of the situation and is working on the problem.

If the search strategy that you entered does not match the Showing results for search statement, you will need to click on the Search this instead search statement.For instance, in the graphic below, we entered splenic into the search box. PubMed translated that term into splenica (black bolded). You can see the correct form of the word in the Search instead for hyperlinked search statement. Clicking on that link will give you the results for the correct search statement.

This mistranslation may not occur for all searches. If your search statement is bolded, chances are the mistranslation occurred and you should click the suggested statement.

If you have questions or problems, please contact the Reference Desk at 402-559-6221 or