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RCSI Library Beaumont Hospital

RCSI Beaumont Library serves clinicians, nurses, researchers, academic staff, hospital staff and students in Beaumont Hospital and the ERC.

Call into the library to request a library card and access to e-resources.  Facilities include: 132 study desks, wireless, printers, PC lab, group study room, daily newspapers and a new Wellbeing Collection.

Literature Search Consultation

Literature Search Consultation Service for staff and students in RCSI and Beaumont Hospital. Request a tutorial on your topic using our online form. 

Search clinics

Does your current search strategy meet the standards for systematic review or publication? The librarian provides individual consultations on core library databases to check your search strategies.

Library Presentations

The librarian provides classroom or department presentations on Library Resources; Doing a Literature Review; or Advanced Searching for Systematic Reviews.

Document supply

If you cannot find an article in our E-Journal Portal, we will source articles that are not available in our own collections.  

Author profiling

The library manages an open access Institutional Repository for RCSI and Beaumont Hospital authors.  We provide individual reports on  H-Index, impact factors and citation analysis.


Beaumont Library has a collection of core medical, nursing and clinical specialty textbooks, e-books and e-journals. Please send your reading lists to the librarian to recommend the purchase of new textbooks or journals.

Clinical guidelines

NICE National Institute for Clinical Excellence UK

SIGN Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

GIN Guidelines International Network

National Guideline Clearinghouse US

National Clinical Effectiveness Committee Ireland

Core Resources for Systematic Reviews

Medline / PubMed core medical database

Embase comprehensive medical database, contains Medline and additional content.

Cochrane database of systematic reviews

Scopus recommended for citation and known author searches

Web of Science contains unique content not in Medline or Embase

Subject Databases such as Cinahl or PsycInfo listed on Library Databases

Grey Literature including OpenGrey, OpenDOAR and E-Publications repositories

Clinical Summaries

DynaMed Plus Expert clinical summaries, with links to international clinical guidelines

UpToDate Expert clinical reviews

ClinicalKey E-books and videos of clinical procedures

Doing a Literature Search

  • Select relevant databases for your topic.  It is recommended that you use the core resources and clinical summaries above if you are writing a dissertation or thesis, writing for publication, doing a systematic review, or writing national clinical guidelines.  

  • Clarify your topic: divide your topic into separate aspects and identify all keywords and synonyms for each aspect of your topic to ensure your approach is structured and comprehensive.

  • Keyword searches: Keyword Searches use your words/freetext to find your terms mentioned anywhere in the article title/abstract/record.  Carry out keyword searches for each aspect of your topic separately, using truncation or phrase searches as appropriate, to find articles that mention your topic. Truncation finds different word endings: eg transplant* will find transplant, transplants, transplanted or transplantation.  Phrase searches uses inverted commas to find your words beside eachother in the same sentence: eg "reflective practice"; "chest pain"; "hand washing".

  • Subject Heading searches: Subject Headings indicate the main topics of a paper using terms from the database thesarus of Subject Headings (MeSH in Medline/PubMed, Cinahl Headings, Emtree in Embase).  Do Subject searches on each aspect of your topic separately to find articles where your topics are main subjects within the paper. 

  • Combine your searches using OR and AND: Combine searches of similar meaning with OR; eg cancer OR oncology OR neoplasms.  Combine searches of different meaning with AND; eg cancer AND treatment.  You can combine your keyword and Subject Heading searches on each aspect of your topic with OR so you get a subtotal for each aspect of your topic.  Then you can combine all your totals together with AND to find articles that discuss ALL aspects of your topic.

  • Separate searches allows you flexibility to combine the various aspects of your topic in different ways to yield further results, particularly if the combination of all aspects of your topic finds few results.

  • Save your searches by signing in and creating a personal folder on the database, and add relevant articles to your folder for future use or exporting to reference management software if necessary.

  • Citation and known author searches in Scopus and other relevant databases may yield additional relevant articles.

  • Book a Consultation with the librarian to discuss your topic and save searches in the relevant databases.

Contact us

For further information about any of our services please contact the Beaumont Hospital Library:

Phone: (01) 809 2531  Email

Opening hours