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Literature Search Request Form

USC School of Medicine librarians are available to conduct mediated literature searches of databases such as MEDLINE.   There is no search fee for School of Medicine faculty, students, and staff.  The charge for healthcare professionals or general healthcare consumers in South Carolina is $25 per search.

Lists of citations will be delivered electronically, faxed, or mailed to a designated address.  Please note that this service does NOT include fulltext articles. 

The library will not perform mediated literature searches for attorneys or law firms.

Reference Desk: (803) 216-3213

Please be thorough in completing the form below:

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Affiliation (check one)


Email Address


USC Department Name


Phone Number


Fax Number


Mailing Address


Billing Address


Preferred Delivery Method (check one)


Needed By

NOTE: please allow for at least three full working days for search to be completed.
Please complete a separate request form for each search topic.




Describe your search in one to two sentences:


Suggested keywords, search terms, concepts:


Suggested synonyms, related words, or alternate spellings:


Describe any topic or content you would like to exclude from your search:


List any known references/citations
(what have you already found?):


Number of references needed:




Age groups
(e.g. children, adults, elderly, etc.):


Coverage dates
(enter range of years; e.g., 2004-present):
  Other limits
(e.g., type of publication):
  Specific databases
(other than MEDLINE):
  What is the third letter?
(this is case sensitive)