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Embase - Answers to your biomedical answers webinar - 27 Sept 2012


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Our webinar was aimed at all biomedical researchers with a need to search biomedical literature and we focused on how content, indexing and specific search tools help you to find relevant answers.

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Embase - Answers to your biomedical answers webinar - 27 Sept 2012

  1. 1. Welcome to our Embase webinar!Embase – Answers to your biomedical questions Your host: Chris Flemming Your presenter: Ann-Marie Roche
  2. 2. Welcome to our Embase webinar!Embase – Answers to your biomedical questions Your host: Chris Flemming Your presenter: Ann-Marie Roche
  3. 3. About us
  4. 4. Need to know• Webinar control panel:• ‘chat’ or ‘ask a question’ for questions and comments• Option for full screen view• Q&A at the end
  5. 5. What is EmbaseEmbase is the world’s most comprehensive, intelligent biomedical researchtool, providing the drug and drug-related research community with reliable andauthoritative content, to advance new biomedical and pharmaceuticaldiscovery. Confidence Find all relevant articles that may not otherwise be found by alternative databases Deep biomedical indexing All relevant, up-to-date, biomedical information from the research literature Precise retrieval Deep and focused research through powerful retrieval tools 5
  7. 7. Content Overview Emtree: Biomedical thesaurus, over 60k terms 1947 1950 1974 2009 Including Embase: Fully indexed: Over 7,700 journals (including MEDLINE), 1950- 5.5M not found in MEDLINE: 2,500 journals unique to Embase, mapped to Embase MEDLINE indexing, 1950- (including MEDLINE Classic) Embase Classic: AIP and In Process: Digitally scanned and Indexing added, from 2009 re-indexed, 1947-1973 Conference Abstracts: Indexing added, from 2009
  9. 9. Deep indexing - Emtree 60K terms (>260,000 synonyms) and all MeSH terms 29K drug and chemical terms Updated 3 times a year (back-posting each time) All drug generic names described by FDA and EMA, all International Non- Proprietary Names (INNs) described by WHO from 2000.What is mapping? Mapping means you retrieve the same results regardless ofwhich term you use e.g. Type II diabetes or non insulin dependant diabetesmellitus.
  10. 10. Deep indexing - Emtree 14 study types, including NEW Diagnostic Test Accuracy Study 78 drug and disease subheadings
  12. 12. Start searching…Find the best terms for your search and include synonyms automatically with autocomplete in Quick Search
  13. 13. Click on Disease Filter for example, to seewhich diseases are referenced with Januvia, either as a therapeutic area or side effect.
  14. 14. Conference Abstracts • Coverage began in 2009. • at-is-embase/coverage for the up to date list of conferences and number of abstracts covered. 14
  15. 15. Registering in Embase •Setting up email alerts •Saving your searches 15 •Staying up to date
  17. 17. Case study•A clinician is working on a systematic review for publication.She needs to adhere to certain guidelines to ensure she hasconducted a through search of the literature.•Are there any risks associated with the administration ofantibiotics together with digoxin in a patient with congestiveheart failure who has contracted pneumonia?
  18. 18. • Articles like this contain vital information...
  19. 19. For example…
  20. 20. Comprehensive searching inEmbase 20
  21. 21. 2 sets of results…Why arethe results so different and does it matter…?
  22. 22. 23 synonyms as well as ‘antibacterial agent’ aresearched simultaneously as well as over 38 narrower terms (including moxifloxacin). No simultaneous searching of synonyms or narrower terms= Only ‘antibacterial agent’ is searched and this does not find all the vital information
  23. 23. Found in your Embase results, not in yournon-indexed supported search...
  24. 24. 2 thesaurus assisted searchesbut different results? Embase has unique content ,such as conference abstracts.
  25. 25. Found in your Embase search,not in your MEDLINE search... We are looking for digoxin AND ‘antibacterial agent’ but Medline does NOT index digoxin in this article.
  26. 26. PollThe poll should appear on your screen shortly...
  27. 27. Let’s take a look at Embase...…by going to
  28. 28. Building and combining searches• Use single quotes to capture a phrase ‘diabetes mellitus’ for example (not with Autocomplete in Quick Search)• Break up your search into individual searches, such as a drug search (in Drug Search form) and a disease search (in Disease Search form) and combine your results in Session Results• Run your cursor over your search to Edit or copy to a Search Form for guided editing.• Truncation and operators, AND, OR, NOT, NEXT, NEAR Refer to for more guidance and links to materials such as the Quick User Guide.
  29. 29. Refining your search• Quick and Advanced Limits on Advanced, Drug and Disease Search forms• Major Focus on all advanced forms – major drugs and diseases retrieved• Field limits under Advanced Search box to search in specific fields such as article title, abstract, conference name, drug name etc• Drug and Disease Subheadings to limit to specific concepts such as Adverse Drug Reaction, Drug Comparison and Side Effect.• Filters on Session Results page for specific diseases or study types for example Check out our training videos at for more guidance.
  30. 30. Questions & Answers
  31. 31. • Q&A will be sent to you by email and for more information and questions please contact• Our next introductory Embase webinar is on October 17th (10AM and 7PM PDT) with a deeper look at EBM on October 24th with special guest.• Go to for all training related materials Please fill out the survey that appears on your screen after leaving the webinar.