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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 consultation 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.


Please contact the librarian if you wish 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 

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.

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

  • Keyword searches: 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.

  • Subject Heading searches: use the database thesarus of Subject Headings (MeSH, Cinahl Headings, Emtree in Embase) to find articles where your topic is a main subject within the paper.  Subject Headings indicate the main topics of a paper.

  • Combine your searches using OR and AND: Combine searches of similar meaning with OR.  Combine searches of different meaning with AND. 

  • Separate searches allows you flexibility to combine your totals 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.

Contact us

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

Phone: (01) 809 2531  Email

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