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CINAHL is a full-text database where you can find nursing, allied health, health care, and evidence-based care articles.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to get the most out of CINAHL and learn to use different filters and subject headings.
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.
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.
We will search the CINAHL subject headings to find out what the correct heading is for our topic.
We want to use the heading Accidental Falls.
Once you check a term, you will see a menu of subheadings on the right.
Note that this extra term was added to your search query
How many results did you get?
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.
Use this Search Options menu to refine your results.
You will need to scroll down to see all of the options.
Select the following:
Now how many results did you get?
Let's take a look at some of your results.
From your folder, you can email, print, or export any article by using the tool icons to the right.
You can access the full-text of any article, by looking for the Linked Full Text icon.
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