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EMBASE Added

Jul
2007
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posted by cmethod | |

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 http://library.medicine.iu.edu) 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 medlref@iupui.edu with any questions or comments

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