Literature Search Services

Librarians are available to conduct mediated, for-fee searches of a variety of databases, including some that are not available for self-searching. Charges for mediated search services vary depending on user affiliation, preparation and search time, and database vendor charges.
Search Request Form

Who can place a mediated search request?

Online searches can be requested by Health Science Center-affiliated faculty and staff members, area health professionals, law firms, businesses, and other non-health professionals. You will be contacted by a librarian to discuss your request if clarification is needed. Anyone can use the online form to request a search. You may also call theĀ  On-Call Librarian Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How long does it take?

Maximum turn-around time is usually 24 to 48 hours. Except for searches that are requested in situations of clinical emergency for patient care, mediated searches are not completed on the weekends or holidays. Non-emergency searches received on a weekend or holidays will be referred to a librarian on the next business day.

How much does it cost?

Affiliate Status Cost for first 30 minutes Cost for each additional 15 minutes
UT Health Science Center affiliates (including clinical faculty) $15.00 $7.50
Not affiliated with the Health Science Center $25.00 $12.50

Please note that mail ($2), fax ($2), and vendor database fees may apply.

Search results in the form of a list of citations will be emailed. You must provide a credit card number or Health Science Center project ID, unless you choose to pay with cash at the Briscoe Services Desk.

For additional information, call the Library’s On-Call Librarian at (210) 567-2450.