McGoogan News

Search tips: New Embase search form

By Roxanne Cox

Embase has a new and easy to use quick search form with multiple search lines that let you restrict your search to specific fields, such as title, journal name, country of journal, country of author, conference name and many other useful fields.  The new search form easily allows limiting retrieval to evidence based medicine with limits to Cochrane Reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, randomized control trial or controlled clinical trial.

Embase covers the international biomedical literature from 8500 peer-reviewed journals from 1947 to the present.  Over 30% of the journals covered are unique and not covered by PubMed/Medline.

 

Journals and news resources added to the library’s collection

Through the cooperation and funding assistance from the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries (UNCL), the McGoogan Library now has access to more than 3,700 journals from two major publishers: Wiley and Taylor & Francis. Funding for these high-impact, multi-disciplinary journal packages came from student library fees and one-time strategic investment funds from President Bounds.

UNCL is leading the University of Nebraska libraries to increase seamless access to information resources for teaching, learning, and research on all campuses and working to leverage purchasing power for the benefit of the system as a whole.

Our library also benefits from UNCL-funded resources that are of importance to the other campuses. Students and faculty can access the additional new resources funded from the incentive money provided by President Bounds. These include Bloomberg BNA, a database covering business and law news, Access World News, a resource that includes more than 9,000 international news publications and is updated daily, and the archives (1885-1983) of the Omaha World Herald.

 

Embase adds PICO search feature

By Roxanne Cox

A new PICO search feature enables a more evidence-based approach to literature searching by clearly separating a clinical question into the 4 elements of a PICO search (Patient, Intervention, Comparison/Control and Outcome). The new PICO search form will automatically combine search terms within each element and between each element using the correct Boolean operators (OR and AND, respectively).

The PICO search form also lets you browse the Emtree thesaurus without leaving the page—see where terms fit within the Emtree hierarchy and read information, such as Dorland’s definitions, without needing to toggle back and forth to ‘Browse Emtree’. Once the Emtree term is added to the search query, you can quickly select the synonyms to add to the search query in a single step, significantly speeding up the process of building comprehensive searches.

Access Embase from the library’s homepage under Literature Databases.

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