In CINAHL Plus with Full Text, you can search or browse the CINAHL Headings, or you can get the database to "suggest subject terms".
Let's use "stuttering" as an example. If you search the CINAHL Headings for items that contain "stuttering", or if you ask the database to suggest subject terms for "stuttering", you get this screen:
Clearly, the suggested CINAHL Heading (subject term) for stuttering is Fluency Disorders.
From here, there are a number of things you can choose to do......
Note that you are given the option to search for your original terms as a keyword. If you choose the original term (stuttering) as well as the suggested CINAHL Heading (Fluency Disorders), the search will combine these with the OR operator.
- tick the Explode box to select, and search for, not only that subject heading but also any narrower terms that appear beneath it in the hierarchy. This is a way of broadening your search.The plus sign against a subject heading indicates that there are narrower terms. In this case, there are no terms that are narrower than Fluency Disorders. But ... the broader term is Aphasia. If you tick the Explode box for Aphasia, you will get results for that subject heading, plus all the subject headings that appear beneath it in the subject tree.
- tick the Major Concept box to search only for articles where that subject heading appears as a Major Subject Heading. This is a way of narrowing your search to return only articles where that topic is the main focus of the article.
Once again you work from left to right, with your selection(s) appearing in the Search Term box, and you finish the process by clicking on Search Database.
For more assistance with this, see the More Help box, at right.
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