CINAHL

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What is CINAHL?

CINAHL is a full-text database where you can find nursing, allied health, health care, and evidence-based care articles.

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to get the most out of CINAHL and learn to use different filters and subject headings.

Your Task

Your nursing instructor has asked you to use CINAHL for your research project.

You need to locate articles on how to prevent falls in the elderly. Your articles must be less than 5 years old, and they must come from nursing journals.

          

CINAHL Headings

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The CINAHL database contains subject headings that are specific to nursing.

Using CINAHL headings allows you to carry out a much more targeted search than a keyword search can.

Your Turn:

  • Click the CINAHL Headings link

     

 

CINAHL Headings

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We will search the CINAHL subject headings to find out what the correct heading is for our topic.

Your Turn:

  • Enter fall prevention
  • Click Browse

We want to use the heading Accidental Falls.

  • Click the link for Accidental Falls
  • Next, check the box for Accidental Falls

    

Using Subheadings

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Once you check a term, you will see a menu of subheadings on the right.

Your turn:

  • We are interested in how to prevent falls, so click the subheading Prevention And Control/PC

Note that this extra term was added to your search query

  • Click Search Database

       

Using Subheadings

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How many results did you get?

Using Filters

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We are looking for nursing articles that are less than five years and that are about preventing falls in the elderly.

The results listed here include all articles even those that are over five years and concern all patients.

You will be using the Refine Results menu to your left.

Using Filters

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Your turn:

You will be using the Refine Results menu to your left.

  • Open the refine options by clicking the Show More link under Limit To

  

Using Filters

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Use this Search Options menu to refine your results.

You will need to scroll down to see all of the options.

Your Turn:

Select the following:

  • In the Years boxes enter 2010 to 2015
  • Check English Language
  • Check Peer Reviewed
  • Check Research Article
  • In the Journal Subset menu, select Nursing
  • In the Age Groups menu, select Aged 65+ years
  • Scroll down and click Search

Using Filters

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Now how many results did you get?

Accessing Articles

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Let's take a look at some of your results.

Your Turn:

  • Click on the magnifying glass to read a quick summary of any article
  • Click the folder icon to add an article to your folder
  • You can view your folder by clicking the Folder View link

     

Accessing Articles

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From your folder, you can email, print, or export any article by using the tool icons to the right.

    

 

Accessing Articles

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You can access the full-text of any article, by looking for the Linked Full Text icon.

       

Congratulations!

You have completed this tutorial on CINAHL.

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