Richard Fallis is the subject librarian for the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, based in the Mulhouse building at Royal Victoria Hospital. He contributes to the QUB Library blog, and this week he’s provided DigiKnow with an overview of the support that subject librarians can provide.

As a medical student, it is often assumed that you know how to carry out literature searches for high-quality clinical evidence. However, unless you undertake an intercalated degree, or choose one of the small number of elective modules that feature embedded literature search training, you might find that you lack search skills, beyond using PubMed or Google Scholar to find a few key articles.

A subject librarian and a student sit at a computer; the subject librarian is talking.

That’s where I can help. As Subject Librarian for Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, I can show you how to:

  • Plan an effective literature search
  • Run searches in databases such as MEDLINE, EMBASE and Web of Science
  • Manage search results using Mendeley or EndNote
  • Make the most of library resources in general

Also, if you are a PhD student embarking on a systematic review registered with the Cochrane Library or PROSPERO, I am able to undertake searches on your behalf, as long as I am listed as a co-author of the systematic review.

I offer one-to-one and small group training sessions, as well as online tutorials via Skype. Please email me to schedule a session:

Also, every week I run a drop-in clinic somewhere in or near the MBC on the Lisburn Road. You are welcome to call into these clinics with any quick library queries you might have – no appointment is necessary. Details of my next drop-in clinic may be found at and

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