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The IU School of Medicine Library now provides access to EMBASE, a bibliographic database considered the European equivalent of MEDLINE. It can be accessed via the Ovid database menu if you connect via the IUSM medical library A-Z list (at or from other IU campuses. EMBASE is more international in its coverage than MEDLINE and is particularly strong in the drug-related literature. However, it lacks coverage of U.S. government and state publications, nursing, dentistry, and paramedical professions like psychology and chiropractic.

Because it is proprietary and expensive, there is a four concurrent user limit at this time. It should therefore not be used as a substitute for MEDLINE but as a second database to search when a comprehensive retrieval is important, as when writing a systematic review, checking for duplicate case reports, or researching a drug-related question. The two databases should also not be searched at the same time because this disables Ovid’s subject heading mapping feature and defaults to suboptimal keyword searching. Contact with any questions or comments

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