Understanding the differences between Medline and Embase

Medline, the bibliographic database produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, is not the only resource available to MUHC personnel when conducting a literature search on a topic. In fact, the MUHC has purchased several bibliographic databases, including Embase.

Though less known, Embase has particularly strong coverage in pharmaceutical and pharmacological topics. Embase is also useful for identifying conference abstracts published since 2009. Finally, its extensive indexing makes it a premier resource for comprehensive searches of the literature.

To better understand the different characteristics of each database, and when to use one or the other, take a look at our new guide: MEDLINE VS EMBASE.

For further information, or to organize a training session on either Medline or Embase, please contact your hospital librarian.

Published October 22, 2013.