Embase is a biomedical and pharmacological database containing bibliographic records with citations, abstracts and indexing derived from biomedical articles in peer reviewed journals, and is especially strong in its coverage of drug and pharmaceutical research.

Proximity operators let you search for words or phrases at any specified distance from each other. NEAR/n requests terms that are within ‘n’ words of each other in either direction, while NEXT/n requests terms that are within ‘n’ words of each other in the order specified.

For example:

  • cancer* NEXT/4 cell* NEXT/6 therapy retrieves: “Interplay between ROS and autophagy in cancer cells, from tumor initiation to cancer therapy”
  • blood NEXT/2 cardio* NEAR/5 system* retrieves: “…and vegetative nervous system, disorders of blood coagulation, cardio haemodynamics…”
  • pneumonia NEXT/2 outcome* NEXT/2 research NEXT/2 team* retrieves: “pneumonia severity index ≥91, Pneumonia Patient Outcomes Research Team score IV-V or bacteraemic pneumonia…”
  • (clinical NEXT/2 (application* OR trial) NEXT/10 biomarker* NEXT/10 (treatment OR disease)):ab,ti retrieves: “studies suggest that MPs may have clinical applications including utility as biomarkers, use in improving cardiovasculardisease risk prediction”

Embase is avalable via the University Library in the list of Databases.

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