The Library offers a free literature search service to support clinical practice and professional activities. We can help you find the evidence you need to support patient care and plan services, to support your continuing professional development or to assist with presentations or publications.
Please be aware that due to reduced capacity in the coming months, the literature search team may be unable to complete searches within the usual two week timeframe. We will process requests on a case-by-case basis; however, our ability to run your search cannot be guaranteed at this time. Please email your requests as usual with suggested deadlines, a member of the team will respond within two working days with agreement or alternative options. We are happy to provide support materials to assist you in your own searching should you require them.
Literature searches are carried out on Medline and Embase by our team of Information Specialists. Search results will include links to full text articles where covered by RCS e-journal subscriptions, allowing you to access relevant content with your RCS login.
We can carry out literature searches on a range of different subject areas to meet your needs. Recent topic areas have included; aortic valve replacement (sternotomy vs. ministernotomy), preventing facelift complications and primary flexor tendon repair in the hand.
Who can use the service?
- Members and fellows of RCS England
- Affiliate members of RCS England
- Faculty of Dental Surgery: MFDS, FDSRCS, Specialty Member, Associate
- Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK): Full membership, Associate membership
- Joint: MJDF, Joint FDS/FGDP membership
- RCS England examination candidates
- RCS England staff
How can I request a literature search?
Please complete a literature search request form and email this to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a suggested deadline for when you expect the results. Please note that this form is an editable pdf and must be saved onto your own (local) device before you edit.
We will acknowledge receipt of your request within two business days and agree a delivery date for the results.
How can I get support for my own searching?
You can access training resources to help you make the most of searching Medline and Embase on the Ovid Training Platform. Please email email@example.com or phone 020 7869 6556 if you would like any advice or support.