The Library Network provides a range of information skills training and support.
Introduction to literature searching
Tailored to your requirements. Introduction to literature searching for relevant articles. Includes forming and planning a search, basic search techniques and locating full text. Uses databases such as Medline, Embase, CINAHL or PsycInfo.
Advanced literature searching
Tailored to your requirements. For people with previous experience of literature searching.
Finding the fulltext
Accessing full text journal articles via the Knowledge Network, and what to do if the information you want is not available online.
Managing your search results
An introduction to using Refworks to organise your search results, create a bibliography and create citations in a document.
Finding evidence quickly
An overview of services which help you to access key resources to support clinical decisions at point of care, using tools such as Dynamed and TRIP Database.
Keeping up to date
Suggestions on how to keep up to date with the latest news, research and publications in your area of interest.
Introduction to the NHS Scotland Knowledge Network
Using the Knowledge Network to identify and access relevant information.
Introduction to critical appraisal
Tailored to your requirements. An introduction to how to critically appraise journal articles or guidelines. Also available as a group training session.
Survey Tool – Webropol
An overview of Webropol software, which can be used for online surveys, questionnaires and events management. The session is tailored to your requirements.
Clinical Knowledge Publisher (CKP)
An overview of CKP, which can be used to organise and display clinical pathway diagrams and guidelines. The session is tailored to your requirements.
The NHS Scotland M365 Skills Hub is now available.
It contains support, advice and training on the M365 resources used in NHS Scotland – Teams, O365/M365, Outlook, Sharepoint, OneDrive, and more.
A link should also be available in the left-hand navigation bar in Teams – if you don’t see it, click on the three dots … and click on the M365 Hub app to pin it to your left-hand margin.
eLearning – literature searching
eLearning: How to search the literature effectively
These modules are designed to help the healthcare workforce (clinical and non-clinical) in Scotland build confidence to search published literature for articles and evidence relevant to their work, study and research. They are short (each takes 20 minutes to complete) and may be ‘dipped into’ for reference or completed to obtain a certificate. There are six modules suitable for novice searchers and those wishing to refresh their knowledge, providing a total of 2 hours CPD time.
The Literature Searching modules are freely accessible to anyone with a Turas Learn account, which is available to all health and care staff in Scotland. If you do not have an account already, please register This will ensure your learning activity is recorded and you will be able to generate a record of completion.
Contact the Knowledge Network Help Desk with any questions or feedback.
(Originally developed by NHS Health Education England, these modules have been adapted with permission for an NHS Scotland audience by NES Knowledge Services)