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Embase at UAB Libraries: Systematic Reviews


The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions recommends Embase as a core database for health-related systematic reviews. This page contains several resources to help you with systematic searches in Embase. For more information on conducting systematic reviews, please view our guide, Systematic Reviews.

Getting Started with Systematic Reviews in Embase

This tutorial explains the PICO framework for designing a search, gives detailed information on using Emtree as well as free-text searching, and shows you how to combine search sets on the Results page. 

Embase 201: Systematic Reviews

The handout below covers structuring your search, using study-type hedges, searching with preferred terms and synonyms, and other tips for performing a systematic review using Embase.


Several of the resources on this page include information on hedges. Hedges are standardized search strategies you can copy and paste into a search engine.

This page lists some hedges you may find useful in your systematic review search strategy.

Embase Webinars

Several webinars and tutorials related to systematic review searching in Embase are available:



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