UK Libraries expands medical research collection with new database, Elsevier’s Embase

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 18, 2022) — University of Kentucky Libraries broadens support for medical researchers with the purchase of Elsevier’s Embase, a comprehensive biomedical and pharmacological research database.

Embase has over 32 million records, including articles from 8,500 peer-reviewed journal titles. Embase is a complement to PubMed searches on biomedical topics and is especially useful for searching a drug name, drug class, medical devices and international content. In addition to conference proceedings, Embase also includes 2,500 journals not available in PubMed. Embase has a controlled vocabulary called Emtree which allows for a more comprehensive explosion of terms than Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). Emtree terms include chemical, trade and medical device names. Embase can be a critical resource for advanced research when conducting systematic and scoping reviews.

“The addition of Embase to UK Libraries collections allow us to provide a valuable resource to support high-quality, comprehensive review methodologies,” said Stephanie Henderson, Nursing liaison librarian.

For researchers looking for a hands-on introduction to Embase, they can join the UK Libraries Medical Center Library’s “Embase Essentials” workshop noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. “Embase Essentials” is part of the Medical Center Library’s fall semester research workshop series, designed to help library patrons learn how to use library resources efficiently and improve their research skills. 

“The Medical Center Library is thrilled to be able to instruct on this database for our Research Workshop Series,” said Cayla Robinson, Health Sciences librarian.

All workshops will be held via Zoom. Registration is recommended.  To learn more or to register for another workshop, patrons can visit MCL Research Workshop Series: Getting Started

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