Online Searching: Fees - BML

The Biomedical Library will do searches of online databases, such as PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index®, etc., for UCSD faculty, staff and students, as well as clinical health professionals in the San Diego area. 

The following chart shows fees that apply to some literature searches:


UCSD Users

Local Health Professionals
Not Affiliated with UCSD

Service fee



Online Fees

Fees charged to the library by vendors of commercial databases

None for UCSD-licensed databases or free databases like PubMed/Medline.

Charges may apply for some commercial databases or for types of citation analysis for which we cannot use Web of Science. Charges are passed on exactly as they are charged to us - no additional fees are charged.

None for MEDLINE/PubMed or other free NLM databases

Commercial database charges apply for all other databases including searches of BIOSIS, PsycINFO, Web of Science.

Long Printout Fees

In most cases, results can be delivered electronically. However, if you prefer a paper printout, there is a charge of 25c/page after the first 200 citations with abstracts or the first 400 citations without abstracts. Note: this fee applies only to searches that are printed out. There is no surcharge for long searches that are delivered by e-mail.