Literature Searches

MEDLINE Database Searches

Searches of MEDLINE are performed by Wilson Dental Library information specialists on a fee-for-service basis unless you are affiliated with the Ostrow School of Dentistry. Information specialists are available to discuss information requests and suggest appropriate databases.

MEDLINE, the database most frequently utilized for health sciences topics, is produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The database contains citations from more than 3,500 English and foreign language journals in the basic and clinical sciences. MEDLINE coverage is from 1950s to the present with approximately 60% of the records containing abstracts. Abstracts are included in all bibliographies unless requesters specify that they be omitted.

Charges: The MEDLINE database is searched as a courtesy for those currently affiliated with the Ostrow School of Dentistry. Others affiliated with USC are eligible for this service on a flat-fee basis. Individuals who qualify for the USC charges listed below include faculty, students, and staff of USC, the LAC+USC Medical Center, the USC University Hospital, the USC Norris Cancer Hospital, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, and the Doheny Eye Institute. Rates shown below for non-USC individuals are available to healthcare professionals, patients and their families, directcare providers, caregivers, and students. Business rates, which differ from those charged to individuals, are also listed below

Institutional Affilation Charges for MEDLINE Search Charges for FAX Delivery Charges for RUSH
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry Faculty, Staff, Students FREE $0.50 per page $5.00 surcharge(User must provide account number and pay delivery service’s fees directly.)
USC faculty, students, staff Non-USC individuals MEDLINE up to 100 pages printed $20.Printing is $0.10 per page after 100 pages.  (No print charge if transmitted electronically. $0.50 per page $5.00 surcharge(User must provide account number and pay delivery service’s fees directly.)
Businesses Charges for a MEDLINE search – $40.00; Printing is $0.10 per page after 100 pages; No charge if transmitted electronically $0.50 per page $5.00 surcharge(User must provide account number and pay delivery service’s fees directly
Non-USC Individuals MEDLINE up to 100 pages printed $30.


Printing is $0.10 per page after 100 pages.  (No print charge if transmitted electronically.

$0.50 per page $5.00 surcharge(User must provide account number and pay delivery service’s fees directly

Payment. Payment may be made by check payable to the University of Southern California, USC internal requisition payable to the Wilson Dental Library, or cash. Additional fees such as FAX or online charges are billed or can be paid when results are picked up. Charges cannot be cancelled once processing has begun.Requesters are encouraged to establish deposit accounts. Patient-Care Searches are free of charge when they pertain to patients at the USC University Hospital, the USC Norris Cancer Hospital, or the LAC+USC Medical Center.For additional information or to submit a search request, inquire at the Reference Desk, (213) 740-1441 or use the online request form on the Wilson Dental Library’s Web site .

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