H.M. Fishbon Memorial Library

Research and Reference Services

  • Literature searches
  • Help with systematic reviews
  • Private or group tutorials in any database
  • Endnote, RefWorks support

Services are for UCSF Medical Center nursing and support staff.

Submit your research or literature search request

Email: fishbon@ucsf.edu
Phone: (415) 885-7378

Citation Managers supported at the Fishbon Library

Endnote Basic

  • Store up to 50,000 references
  • 2GB online storage
  • 20 most popular bibliographic styles
  • Share your research by giving read/write access to groups and references
  • Webpage reference capture
  • Free



  • Unlimited reference storage
  • 5GB of file storage
  • Search online sources from within Endnote
  • Import, annotate and search PDF text, notes and annotations
  • Find full text in one click
  • Automatically update records
  • Create/modify your CV
  • Cite-While-You-Write
  • Requires purchase

PubMed, MEDLINE, Embase – which should I use?

PubMed and MEDLINE - what's the difference?
MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine journal citation database, providing over 21 million references to biomedical and life sciences journal articles back to 1946. MEDLINE is directly searchable as a subset of the PubMed database.

PubMed's over 23 million references include the MEDLINE database plus the following types of citations:

  • In-process citations, which provide records for articles before those records go through quality control and are indexed with MeSH or converted to out-of-scope status.
  • Citations to articles that are out-of-scope (e.g., covering plate tectonics or astrophysics) from certain MEDLINE journals, primarily general science and general chemistry journals, for which only the life sciences articles are indexed with MeSH.
  • "Ahead of Print" citations that precede the article's final publication in a MEDLINE indexed journal.
  • Citations that precede the date that a journal was selected for MEDLINE indexing (when supplied electronically by the publisher).
  • Pre-1966 citations that have not yet been updated with current MeSH and converted to MEDLINE status.
  • Citations to some additional life sciences journals that submit full text to PMC (PubMed Central) and receive a qualitative review by NLM.
  • Citations to author manuscripts of articles published by NIH-funded researchers.
  • Citations for the majority of books available on the NCBI Bookshelf (a citation for the book and in some cases each chapter of the book).

If using Embase, do I need PubMed/MEDLINE?
Embase includes content from MEDLINE only and does not include the citations exclusive to PubMed.

If using PubMed/MEDLINE, do I  need Embase?
Embase has significant content not available from PubMed/MEDLINE, as well as in-depth indexing that makes even shared information uniquely retrievable from Embase.

Examples include:

  • Over 2700 journals not indexed on MEDLINE, especially from countries outside North America
  • Over 300,000 conference abstracts from 1000 conferences each year (since 2009)
  • In-depth drug and medical device indexing based on the Emtree Life Science thesaurus, which has over twice as many terms as MeSH, the MEDLINE thesaurus


The Fishbon Library periodically offers workshops in database searching and citation management. Customized workshops for groups or individuals available on request.

Check availability and register on INEx Connect.