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Literature Review/Database Search Request

If you need assistance with conducting literature review(s) or searching various biomedical databases, please contact the Library by emailing . A Medical Reference Librarian is available to assist you with your research.

Please provide your personal details and information on the following aspects as outlined below:

Type of search

  • The requests for information needed for immediate patient care have top priority. If such information is required ASAP, please in addition to emailing your search request also call the Library at 619-532-7950

            Please indicate in your email:          

  • If you simply require a few recent & relevant articles on a clinical problem /research topic 
  • If you require a more extensive search of the literature  
  • If this is an IACUC search  

Search Topic / keywords

  • A clear description of the clinical decision / problem / research topic will help the librarians to search more effectively.
  • Any keywords and synonyms (particularly for technical terms) you provide will also help.
  • If possible/desirable, provide citations for a couple of key citations on the topic that you already have.

Restricted to...

  • If you are interested in only a specific age range of the population, gender, etc. that is not obvious from the topic description please state this.
  • Restrictions could also include type of study (e.g. systematic reviews, RCT etc.)
  • If you are interested in only specific databases/search engines to be searched please let us know.

Other points to note

  • The date range for the retrieved references (search back to what year) if this is important.
  • The accepted languages (English is selected by default, please let us know if you are interested in any other languages)
  • The date by which you require the completed literature search.
  • The completed literature search will comprise text documents of references with links that may take you to the full-text or it will consist of separate emails with results from databases.



EndNote is software tool for creating bibliographies and managing references.

EndNote Web is a web-based version of EndNote available to NMCSD staff as part of the library subscription to Web of Science database. 

To create an EndNote Web account:

1. Click the  Web of Science link (You can also find it under "Quick Links" on the NMCSD library homepage)

2. On the Web of Science page, look for the "SIGN IN" link in the upper right of the screen.

3. Choose "Register" from the drop down menu and follow the prompts and create a username and password. (Enter your email address, get a code, copy the code into the registration page, click submit changes, then close to return to the Web of Science page)

4. Click the "EndNote" link at the top of the screen.

5. Sign in with the username and password you just created, then read and accept the license agreement.

6. Follow separate instructions on how to install Write While You Cite Plug-in for Word on your work computer (Please click HERE for instructions) 

After you have registered and received a username and password, you can navigate to End Note directly:

Note: Most of research databases NMCSD Library subscribes to allow you to export citations into EndNote Web.

Consider signing up for online class or view tutorials on how to use EndNote Web.

Documentation and tutorials:


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