How to search the literature effectively

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A step-by-step guide to finding information and developing the skills for successful searching      

These modules are designed to help the health and social care workforce in Scotland build confidence to search published literature for articles and evidence relevant to their work, study and research. The modules 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 healthcare staff and four modules for social care staff (providing a total of approximately 2 hours CPD time).  Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to access the social care e-learning. 

The Literature Searching modules are freely available to anyone with a Turas Learn account, which is available to all health and care staff in Scotland. Please log in to view the modules below. 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.

Modules for healthcare staff
Modules for social care staff
Additional information

Originally developed by NHS Health Education England, these modules have been adapted with permission for an NHSScotland audience.