Medline and research support

As a BMA member you can search Medline directly or access our dissertation and research service for expert help.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Wednesday 16 December 2020
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What is Medline?

Medline is an extensive and world leading bibliographical database covering biomedicine.

It is owned by the National Library of Medline in the United States and holds over 23 million references, from over 5,000 journals. Over 40 languages are covered.

Access to full text and order articles via Medline

Access articles on open access and from our e-journal collection of over 1,000 titles.

For non-electronic articles order directly through our document delivery service by selecting the items on your results list and choosing the ‘order’ tab.


Dissertation and research support

We offer services to help you with your research including free database searches on:

  • Medline
  • Embase
  • PsycINFO
  • HMIC
  • Cochrane Library databases.

Delivery time scale

It takes 10 working days with the exception of searches directly related to urgent patient care, which will be dealt with as soon as possible.

Request a search


Book an assisted search session

Discuss your research project in depth with a research specialist and gain direct support in developing your search strategy.

These free to members sessions are by appointment only and can be booked on an ad-hoc basis.

Book a session


Training to improve your search skills

We offer on demand and by appointment only sessions.

Sessions are face-to-face and can be tailored to your needs.

The session will typically last for one hour and a half and are free for BMA members.

You will learn how to:

  • search Medline using both medical subject headings and keywords
  • structure your search using a simple step-by-step technique
  • tailor your search to your own needs whether you need to be targeted or comprehensive in scope
  • handle your results.

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