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Changes are coming to The Knowledge Network!


From 27 March 2017 The Knowledge Network will have a new search engine to find journals articles and books to support health and social care staff in Scotland.

The Knowledge Network is the national knowledge management platform for health and social care delivered by NHS Education for Scotland.  It provides high quality knowledge support for delivery of health and social care.

What does this mean for The Knowledge Network search?

Currently The Knowledge Network searches 10 million information and learning resources from over 100 suppliers, including collections of articles, books and journals, guidelines, policy documents, patient information, evaluated websites and e-learning courses.

The new search will offer a single interface to search NHSScotland’s national collection of electronic resources (e-journals, articles and e-books) provided by NHS Education for Scotland, along with local NHS library collections (primarily print books) currently available from the Scottish Health Libraries Catalogue (SHELcat) online catalogue and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde GGCOLIB library catalogue.

Other types of information, for example from Scottish Government, Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) will be available via links to the organisation’s websites where appropriate. Databases and point of care resources will continue to be promoted via prominent quick links.

The key benefits this will bring are:

  • An improved user interface for resource discovery, available from a single point of access and one login, the Knowledge Network OpenAthens username.
  • One search to find print and electronic collections of books and journals available to all health and social care staff in Scotland.  
  • An improved search functionality and filters to narrow results.
  • Increased visibility of content purchased by NHS Education for Scotland and other NHS Knowledge Services in Scotland.
  • Access via web or mobile devices.
  • Link direct to NHSScotland fulltext journals via Google Scholar and Pubmed.

The new search engine will improve the discovery and use of resources purchased both nationally by NES and locally by NHSScotland library services.  It will also be available on mobile devices.

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