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Embase is an extensive citation database covering biomedical and pharmacological topics provided by Ovid. It includes all citations in the MEDLINE database, as well as conference abstracts, over 2900 extra journals, and additional European, pharmacy, drug and medical device coverage. 


Benefits of My Account in Ovid

Set up a personal account with Ovid for additional features, to save searches and set up alerts. To set this up:

  1. Click on the database from the Library's database page.
  2. Select "My Account" from the top right corner of the page.
  3. Select "Create Account", fill in the required fields and click "Create".

This will allow you to save searches and set up alerts. Instructions are below.

Follow step by step instructions below.

The below video provides an overview and introduction to Embase.


Identifying Search Terms - How to search in a clinical database like Embase. Embase uses Emtree subject headings.

Literature Search in Ovid - How to create a search in an Ovid database such as Embase.

Boolean Operators by Database Platform chart - What boolean Operators are and how to use them in a database search.

Save a Search and Create an Alert

In Ovid you can save a search that you have created.

This means you can repeat the search at a later time, share the search with others and have a saved copy you can make changes to as you search.

You can also create an auto-alert which will let you know when more articles related to your search have been added to the database.

Follow the step by step instructions to save a search in Ovid.

Selecting & exporting results

Results can be printed, emailed or exported to a reference manager, Word or Excel. 

Follow step by step instructions below

Full Text

To find the full text of results. Within Embase on the right hand side is a link to full text options. Some articles will not have a full text link or the link leads to a page with no download option available. 

Use the Article Request Form when searching for articles on the library website or email the library at for help accessing articles.



Download LibKey Nomad in your preferred browser to find full-text PDFs quickly and easily. After downloading the browser extension, set your organisation to 'Monash Health Library'. When exporting database results in Embase, a LibKey Link will be added to your Word or Excel file.

Library webinars are run regularly on a range of topics. See list of Upcoming Events below.

Advanced Literature and Ovid Platform RECORDINGS available on LATTE - Click here to watch.

Contact to request CUSTOM TRAINING for a team meeting or staff development day. 

Monash Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung peoples, and we pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future.

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