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NRS420 Research Skills Guide: CINAHL Plus


As mentioned, CSU Library has many Nursing Journal Databases which you can use for your studies. 

This section will specifically look at searching the EBSCOHost database CINAHL Plus with Full Text

CINAHL stands for Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. It is a sound choice to begin your database searching for several reasons:

  1. CINAHL is a targeted resource, with specific sources of scholarly material in Nursing and Allied Health, so your search results are likely to be more relevant.
  2. It is an EBSCOHost database, which means it has an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, which is common across many databases.
  3. It is widely used for higher level Evidence-Based Practice subjects, so if you haven't got to know it yet, now is a very good time!
  4. There are some excellent features of advanced searching which, when you get to know them, you will find yields consistent relevant results.

Getting more out of CINAHL

Go to CINAHL Plusand try an advanced search. One of the benefits of these types of searches is that you can also choose to search in other fields, by selecting them from the drop-down menu at Select a Field (optional):

  • TI Title. Searching for your terms where they appear in the title is another way of finding articles that are more likely to be relevant to your topic. You need to be careful with this, as authors sometimes choose catchy or quirky titles for their articles and they might not accurately represent the content in the same way as subject headings do.
  • AU Author. Use this to search for articles by an author.
  • SO Publication. Use this to search for articles from a particular journal.

It's highly recommended that you also try using Subject Headings to search with, as well as keywords. Click on the "Suggest Subject Terms" box at the top of the search page. Then type a keyword into the first box and hit Search. You will be given a list of subject terms to choose from. The advantage of searching this way is that you don't have to think of every possible synonym for the term as all the articles about that subject should be indexed against the same subject heading (or thesaurus) term.

Your embedded librarian would love to help you out with this type of searching - feel free to contact them.

Advanced Searching in CINAHL

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