How to make a request?

Please contact the Library team at or call 020 7290 2940 requesting a Quick Search or Comprehensive & Complex Search plus details of your search question.

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Quick search - Free

A free service for members to get you started with your research topic. Simple focussed search questions producing key relevant references to articles.

Good for finding the most up-to-date information on a specific topic, a recent overview of a condition or medical treatment for patient care, and papers to support a presentation or writing an article/book chapter that does not require an exhaustive literature review.

Examples of a typical request might include

  • Preclinical and clinical data on new drug X
  • Episodic dyscontrol syndrome
  • Papers written by a specific author
  • Most recent systematic reviews on migraine treatments
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Comprehensive & complex search - £75

A priced search for members of the medical databases for search questions that have a much wider scope or are complex in nature. This also includes searches to support systematic reviews or development of clinical guidelines where there is a requirement to design in-depth search strategies to gather all references on a given research question within the parameters of specified databases searched.

Good for finding papers for scoping a research project, answering complex patient queries, clinical content for a medico-legal report or appearing as an expert witness in court, writing a systematic review on the effectiveness of a healthcare intervention.

We’ll email you a search strategy and list of relevant references with abstracts (where available) as a Word document or RIS file, where there is a requirement to manually sift references for relevancy. For searches supporting a systematic review or clinical guideline, all references with abstracts (where available) are supplied without sifting (other than using automatic duplicate removal between Medline and Embase) so that members can view the full range of references retrieved on their research topic and make their own decisions about what to include in their review.

Examples of a typical request might include

  • Can antibiotics mask the symptoms of chest infection in patients with respiratory aspiration?
  • Governance in private sector healthcare organisations
  • Can Achilles tendinitis arise following an acute injury on a single occasion?
  • Surgical treatment of trigeminal neuralgia specifically neurosurgical procedures (clinical guideline)
  • All studies comparing foetal ultrasound and foetal MRI in cases with agenesis of the corpus callosum (systematic review)