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Emcare is an extensive citation database covering nursing and allied health topics, ideal for practice, research, or education. It includes over 5 million records and 2800 titles not available on other leading nursing databases. At Monash Health we access Emcare via the Ovid platform. Emcare expands on nursing content in the Embase database, which is also on the Ovid platform and uses the same Emtree subject headings. 


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".

Follow step by step instructions below

The following video provides an introduction to Emcare, its contents and how to use it.


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

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

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

Saving searches:

  1. Perform search.
  2. Select "Save All" from bottom of search history.
  3. Name your search. 

Re-running saved searches:

  1. When you are logged into the database select "View Saved" on top right of screen.
  2. Tick the box against the search or alert that you would like to rerun, and select "Run"(At the top of the screen).

Create an alert:

  1. Perform search or access a saved search.
  2. Check that the majority of results are relevant. Search alerts are only recommended for specific and focussed searches.
  3. Hover mouse over "More" on the right-hand side of the last line of your search.
  4. Select "Create Auto-Alert".
  5. Select the frequency and format in which you would like to receive results.

Follow step by step instructions below

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 Emcare 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 looking 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. 

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