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Hospitals can now access Elsevier's biomedical bibliographic database EMBASE on the EBSCOhost database platform. EMBASE is said to contain over 12 million records from 1974 to the present. These are derived from biomedical articles in peer-reviewed journals and the database claims to be especially strong in its coverage of drug and pharmaceutical research.

EMBASE covers nearly 5,000 active journals, of which nearly 2,000 are not covered by MEDLINE, according to the companies. Each EMBASE record contains a full bibliographic citation, and more than 80 per cent have an abstract. All EMBASE records are indexed using EMTREE, Elsevier’s life science thesaurus, which contains 55,000 preferred terms, of which 27,000 are drug terms.