Finding information

Finding quality information is a challenge. These pages help you to:

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Getting started

The Knowledge Network offers free access to subscription resources such as e-books, e-journals, research articles, specialist databases, clinical decision-making tools/evidence summaries (BMJ Best Practice, DynaMed)

The NHSScotland Library Services are run by librarians with expertise in healthcare information. They can assist you in your search for health and social care information, be it specialist or general, online or in print.

The libraries offer services and resources such as: 

  • print books and journals
  • study space/computer terminals
  • ordering articles
  • literature searching services
  • current awareness bulletins
  • training to improve your searching & research skills
What, Where and Quality Assure



  • What do you want to achieve?
  • Planning your search
  • Tips for searching (Knowledge Network, databases, the internet)



  • Selecting your source (evidence, research, people)
  • Keeping up to date
  • Using Google


Quality assure

  • Quick checks (who, what, when)
  • Appraising quality websites
  • Critical appraisal
Knowledge into Action cycle
K2A cycle