Our highly skilled team of RSM Library information specialists can help carry out literature searches on your behalf, including biomedical and scientific databases.

From help with finding evidence for clinical or patient cases to assisting with publications and research, our Library team can tailor-make searches to help support your continuing professional development.

This service is available to both RSM members and non-members.

Types of searches available

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Database searches 

These provide a comprehensive search of online biomedical and scientific databases, including Medline, Embase, Allied & Complementary Medicine (AMED) and DH-Data. 

Our highly trained specialist librarians are experienced at getting the best possible results from online databases and other sources in any medical or healthcare subject. Prior to your search they will discuss with you the most effective search strategy to meet your specific information needs, and the appropriate databases to use. 

Charges for standard database search starts at £35, with results delivered within 10 working days. 

Levels of database searches

The total cost of the services is dependent on the number of search requests, the databases selected and the level of service.

There are two levels of database search:

Level 1: search strategy only
Available to RSM members only

Search strategy supplied to you, with instructions on how to rerun the search in the database and download the full references (up to abstract level only, where available).

Level 2: search strategy and references
Available to RSM members and non-members

Search strategy supplied, with bibliography list of the first 40 relevant references (up to abstract level, where available). If there are more than 40 references, these can be supplied at an additional cost.

Delivery timescales

Within these levels you can choose how quickly you require the information. The options are:

Standard: completed within a maximum of 10 working days

Premium: guaranteed within 5 working days

Please note that searching the Cochrane Library database is charged as a manual search.

There are no additional charges for supplying a bibliography with abstracts, where available.


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Manual searches 

If a literature search request cannot be answered by a database search our librarians can carry out a manual search of the RSM’s rich collection of over half a million volumes dating back to the 15th century. They can also search external resources. 

Charges start at £35 for a half day (4 hours) manual search, with results delivered as a bibliography within 10 working days. 


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Reference checking 

If you are planning to submit a manuscript for publication or need to check references in research papers, the Library team can help by verifying references or completing missing information, for example page numbers.

Charges start at £20 for up to 25 references. 

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E-monthly updates

Adding an e-monthly update to your literature search allows you to set up a search profile on the latest material added to medical databases, tailor-made to your requirements, and get the search results emailed to you every month.

As part of your monthly update, you'll receive a bibliography of new abstracts that have been added to the databases, along with any other relevant information.

Charges for setting up an e-monthly update start from £35. 

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Make a literature search request

To make a request please complete our online form.  Once submitted, our library staff will complete the request and contact you if additional information is needed.

Alternatively you can contact the Library team by emailing litsearch@rsm.ac.uk or call 020 7290 2940/2941.

Complete the literature search request form