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Database Search Services

Why Opt for a Search by a Librarian?

  • Take advantage of the searching expertise of the library staff
  • Enhance your access to current information from journals
  • Expand your access to databases beyond JEFFLINE
  • Order a cost-subsidized search on a supported database including: Biological Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts, Science Citation Index or Social Science Citation Index

The Library offers a modestly-priced searching service to all Jefferson faculty, staff, and students; alumni; and qualified affiliate members. Database search services are not available to the general public.

For more information, call the Service Desk at 215-503-6994. You may order your search online.

Information Needed for an Effective Search

When you request a search a librarian will interview you briefly about your topic. The information requested is considered confidential and is sought only to clarify what kind of material is being sought. Topics the librarian may address include:

  • purpose of search (research, publication, education, patient care)
  • keywords, synonyms, phrases, etc.
  • language restrictions
  • gender restrictions
  • relevant authors, articles or journals
  • article preference (few very relevant, reviews only, comprehensive)
  • years to be searched
  • age group restrictions
  • animal or human subjects
  • number of citations expected

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