Literature Search Service Policy

To help our patrons wade through the sea of information and search the literature for relevant citations, the HSL offers a Literature Search Service. Librarians will search relevant databases on a wide variety of topics for you to find information relevant to your needs, whether clinical or academic.

How do I request a search?

An online form is available for your convenience: Literature Search Request. Please provide as much detail as possible on the form. You may consult with a librarian to discuss your information need in more detail or you may be contacted by a librarian for clarification and/or requirements after the form has been submitted. The choice of resources consulted are at the judgement of the librarian based on the topic and the type of information required.

The library reserves the right to limit the number of search requests per year.

Who is eligible?

The service is provided free of charge to Memorial faculty, staff, residents and research assistants as well as Eastern Health staff (Health Sciences Centre site).

Undergraduate and graduate students are not eligible for this service as they are expected to perform searches themselves as part of their learning and educational process. Librarians will, however, provide help and guidance upon request.

Search requests from the general public or health professionals not affiliated with Memorial or Eastern Health (HSC site) will be charged $25 per hour.

How are results disseminated?

Results will be placed in a Refworks folder. An email with a link accessing the shared folder will be sent to you when the search is complete; alternative dissemination methods may be requested. Results include citations and abstracts, when available.