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Scott Memorial Library
1020 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Database Search Services: One-Time Individual Search

Order a one-time search for:

  • Convenience searches of Jefferson subscribed databases (e.g., MEDLINE, Scopus)
    When you don't have time to perform your own searches on Jefferson databases, request a search by library staff.
  • Access to specialty databases from vendors
    Scott librarians can access hundreds of databases on a broad spectrum of topics through DIALOG, OCLC First Search, STN, and other major database vendors. Librarians provide topical searching of the chemical literature, patents, social sciences, biotechnology, business trends, and more. Citation indexes are also available for cited reference searching.


  • Consultation about your research needs and appropriate database coverage is free. Request a consultation online.
  • Search services are provided on a cost-recovery basis. Fees include the librarian's time and any online vendor charges incurred.
  • Some databases are subsidized for TJU student, faculty and staff. These databases are considered vital to the TJU mission but are too expensive to provide in self-serve electronic format. They include BIOSIS, Chemical Abstracts Online, the Science Citation Index and the Social Sciences Citation Index.
Service TJU Community Alumni and Affiliates

Per single topic on TJU subscription databases

Examples: MEDLINE, PsycINFO, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts

$50 $60

Per single topic using pay-per-search resources

Examples: EMBASE, TOXLit

$50 plus online vendor charges $60 plus online vendor charges

Per single topic on supported databases:

Biological Abstracts
Chemical Abstracts
Social Sciences Citation Index

FREE $60 plus online vendor charges

Per single topic or cited author on:

Science Citation Index

50% of online vendor charges of up to $60, 100% of online vendor charges over $60 $60 plus online vendor charges

Turnaround Time

Individual searches are usually completed within 48 hours.

Rush service is available for patient care. There is no extra charge for bonafide emergencies.

Pick-up or Delivery

Results may take the form of paper printouts, Word documents, or ASCII file format. ASCII files are suitable for uploading into word processor applications or personal bibliographic management software such as Reference Manager or EndNote.

Delivery choices include:

  • Pick up in person at the Circulation (Library, 2nd floor) Window
  • Email
  • TJU campus mail
  • U.S. mail


Search fees may be paid by cash or check, payable to Thomas Jefferson University.

Members of the Jefferson community may charge searches to a departmental or grant-related charge code.

Frequent requestors may set up deposit accounts.