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Nursing: EMBASE Search Tips

A guide to finding and managing nursing information for teaching, research and evidence-based nursing practice.


ACCESS: Click EMBASE from UCSF Library home page

EMBASE vs PubMed

  1. EMBASE includes unique 2900+ biomedical journals that are not indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed.
  2. EMBASE includes 2.4+ million conference abstracts that are not included in MEDLINE/PubMed. 
  3. ENTREE is similar to MeSH and includes ALL of the MeSH Terms. Many are used as ENTREE synonyms. MeSH doesn't include all ENTREE.
  4. ENTREE is used for full-text indexing of all journals in EMBASE. MeSH is used for indexing journal articles in MEDLINE/PubMed.
  5. EMBASE has a more user-friendly interface that makes it easier to search.  

In a comprehensive search for biomedical literature, you need to search both PubMed and EMBASE.

EBMASE Search Tips

Quick Search TIPS:

Search Topic: Coping Strategies among Parents of Children with Chronic Illness

  1. Start with Search; then enter coping strategies in the quick search box.

        2. EMBASE uses an automatic term mapping to identify coping behavior, an EMTREE term for coping strategies. ENTREE is an index

           term/controlled vocabulary that is similar to MeSH.

        3. 'USE: coping behavior indicates it is an EMTREE term. 

        4. Click coping behavior to run a search.

        5. EMBASE generates a search strategy with EMTREE and Keyword search e.g. 'coping behavior'/exp OR 'coping behavior'

            TIPS: A keyword with a single quotation in EMBASE is to force an exact phrase search. e.g. 'coping behavior' will bring articles

                     that have coping behavior as a phrase.


       6. Repeat the same steps to run a search for each concept of parents, children, and chronic illness

      7.  Use AND to combine different sets of strategies. Click COMBINE.


Apply FILTER/LIMIT options to refine search results.