Search is at the core of Embase and all search forms are designed to allow you to look for biomedical information easily and quickly, whether you are a new or experienced searcher. The Embase search engine allows Boolean searching with wildcard and truncation features, as well as many predefined search limits.

Search is divided into five options: Quick, Advanced, Drug, Disease and Article. Quick lets you perform easy yet powerful searches without having to learn a complex search language. It is perfect if you are starting your research and looking for an overview of the literature or good terms to include in your search strategy.  Autocomplete will help you to search using the bext terminology. The autocomplete function supports multiple terms and continues to prompt you with preferred terms after entering your first phrase or term. Popular commands such as AND, NOT or OR and proximity operators can easily be added to your search. The autocomplete function supports keyboard controls so that you can type, select terms and run a search without using the mouse.

Advanced incorporates options from Emtree term mapping including explosion searching for maximum precision in subject searching (see Emtree) and Drug and Disease provide access to specialized features useful to search these topics, such as 'Adverse Drug Reaction' and 'Drug Combination'. Generally speaking, drug searches are best carried out in the Drug form, diseases in the Disease form and non-drug and disease searches in  the Advanced form.  Article allows you to pinpoint individual articles.

Please refer to the Search Hints section for detailed information on search syntax.

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