You will often find that your search – even as a subject search – gets way too many results. What else can we do to make a search more specific?
Most databases allow you to limit your search by various criteria. You can usually apply these limiters either at the time the search is run, or after you have got your results.
Some limiters are available in most online databases. For example:
Some limiters are available in some databases but not others. For example:
Some limiters are specific to a database, because they relate to the particular nature of the content of that database.
|Limiter||Description||How to apply|
|Randomised controlled trial||
||Tick box OR Select from Publication Type|
||Select from Publication Type|
||Select from Publication Type|
The important thing is that you can use these limiters to find articles of a particular type. Read on ...
In EBSCOhost databases, of which CINAHL is one, you can choose to limit a search either at the time the search is run, or after you get the results.
The best way to limit a search is to use the Advanced Search screen. Every time you click on the Advanced Search link, you will see all the limiters. If you have already run a search, the search terms will still appear in the search boxes, and you can click on Search to apply your limiters to that search. Or you can run a whole new search and apply the limiters to the new search.
Here's the Advanced Screen where no search has been run. This is the screen you see when you log in to CINAHL. Here we can see the top part of the Limiters panel. The layout of the Limiters panel might vary according to the browser you are using:
There are limiters for all sorts of things. You can activate them either by
Here’s the Limiters screen, with a Publication Type of Systematic Review selected:
In the Publication Type drop-down, there are no fewer than 83 options! – everything from Anecdote to Website!
Note: After you have selected a limiter (or limiters), you need to click on the Search button to run the new search.
Reminder: whenever you click on the Advanced Search link, below the 3 search boxes, you will see all the limiters. But note that every time you do this, any limiters that you have previously selected will be cleared. On the other hand, once you have selected a limiter, it will keep affecting your searches until you click on Advanced Search again!
In all EBSCOhost databases, the database retains your searches for as long as you remain logged in to EBSCOhost.
You can view these searches by clicking on the Search History link, which is below the 3 search boxes. This link is a hide/display toggle which alternately hides and displays your previous searches:
There are a number of things you can do from your Search History screen:
When you have a results list in an EBSCOhost database, you have the option to add records to a folder. To do this, you need to click on the Folder icon at the right of the brief record :
After you have clicked on the folder icon, the screen changes to show a different icon :
You can also add an item to the folder from its full record :
And how do you open the temporary folder? Just click on the Folder link in the top blue bar on the EBSCOhost screen.
BUT ... If you do not have, or have not signed into, a personal account, your saved records will be kept in the folder only for as long as you remain logged in to EBSCOhost. When you log out, your saved records will be cleared. So, READ ON ...
If you wish to:
... you need to create a personal folder (account). Here’s how ...
You can use your personal account to:
For more information on setting up and using a personal account, see EBSCOhost Help, or contact the Library.
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