Literature Search Request

Please use the form below to submit a literature search request to the library team. We search databases such as MEDLINE, EMBASE and CINAHL to source high quality, evidence-based research to help you answer your clinical question.

Please make every effort to complete all the fields below and read the declaration before submitting the electronic form. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory.

Please note that there is a 5 day turnaround for all searches submitted, however the library team will work with clinicians to meet the timeline indicated by them where possible. 

Please supply as much of the following information as possible:
What population or patient group are involved (e.g.:- adults over 65 with dementia)
What type of intervention is being tested (e.g.:- type of drug or therapy)
Are you comparing it with anything else (e.g.:- Another drug or therapy)
What are you interested in (e.g.:- Symptom Management, treatment failure )
Please add minimum five working days
It is useful for the library service to know how the results of literature searches are used. Please supply your reason for requesting a literature search below:
Results of database and/or Internet searches are subject to the limitations of the database(s) and websites searched. Results of searches are also limited by your search request. It is the responsibility of the requestor to determine the accuracy, validity and interpretation of the search results.

Search results will be sent via email. If you need results in another format, please contact your site library

Data Protection

Your search request will be added to our current awareness system – KnowledgeShare. In order to ensure that library staff can contact you and easily identify you in the system, we store your basic information and details about your search requests.

It can also be used to set up a profile and receive regular ongoing updates, but we won’t do this unless you ask us to. You will receive an automatic ‘Welcome’ email from KnowledgeShare – you do not need to respond to that.

To ensure quality of service, this may also be followed up with a survey request. Your data will not be passed on to anyone else. KnowledgeShare will keep your information for as long as you are making use of NHS library and knowledge services, and for a further five years of inactivity (in case you return to using the services after a break). The system will only store as much information about you as is required, and will destroy any personal information about you when it is no longer of use.

For further information on how your information is used, how we maintain its security, and your rights to access it, see here