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What Is Cinahl

  1. 1. CUMULATIVE INDEX TO NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH LITERATURE<br />
  2. 2. WHAT IS CINAHL?<br />AN OVERVIEW OF THE CUMULATIVE INDEX TO NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH LITERATURE<br />by<br />MARK HABER<br />THE COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE, GILL LIBRARY<br />JANUARY 2009<br />
  3. 3. WHAT IS CINAHL?<br />Provides indexing to over 1200 journals<br />Contains more than 1,000,000 records<br />Coverage dates back to 1982<br />Covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines<br />
  4. 4. Controlled Vocabulary<br />Agreed upon term for a subject or concept<br />Cancer USE Neoplasms<br />Diabetes USE Diabetes Mellitus<br />Heart Attack USE Myocardial Infarction<br />
  5. 5. Heart attack (free text search)<br />
  6. 6. Click “Myocardial Infarction”<br />
  7. 7. Click “Myocardial Infarction”<br />
  8. 8. Limiting Your Search<br />Searches in the CINAHL Database can be limited to<br />Full text materials <br />Peer reviewed journals<br />
  9. 9. Put check marks in relevant boxes and click “Update Results”<br />
  10. 10. Click “Rehabilitation, Cardiac”<br />
  11. 11. Click “More” for additional limiters<br />
  12. 12. Click the title for detailed record<br />
  13. 13. Detailed Record - Citation<br />
  14. 14. Detailed Record - Abstract<br />
  15. 15. Click “PDF Full Text”<br />
  16. 16. Example of full text article<br />
  17. 17. CINAHL Headings<br />List of CINAHL Subject Terms<br />Lists Related Subject Terms<br />Lists Relevant Sub-Headings<br />
  18. 18. Click “CINAHL Headings”<br />
  19. 19. Type “heart attack” and click “Browse”<br />
  20. 20. Click “Myocardial Infarction”<br />
  21. 21. List of Subheadings<br />
  22. 22. Click “Diet Therapy” and Click “Search Database”<br />
  23. 23. Click inside “Full Text” and “Peer Reviewed” click “Update Results”<br />
  24. 24. Truncation<br />The asterisk* at the end of the root of a word retrieves the word and all forms of the word<br />Nurs* retrieves nurse, nurses, nursing, etc.<br />Herb* retrieves herb, herbs, herbal, etc.<br />Hospital* retrieves hospitals, hospitalization, etc.<br />
  25. 25. nurs* and herb* and hospital*<br />
  26. 26. Retrieving the Full Text<br />Some articles are available full text<br />Others can be requested at the Circulation Desk<br />Journal articles, books, and dissertations that are not owned by CNR can be ordered via Illiad<br />
  27. 27. Click title of article<br />
  28. 28. Detailed record of article<br />
  29. 29. Scroll down and click “Search for Article”<br />
  30. 30. Click “Journal”<br />
  31. 31. Request microfiche at Gill Library Circulation Desk<br />
  32. 32. Advantages of Using CINAHL<br />Comprehensive indexing of nursing literature<br />Subject Headings and Sub-Headings<br />Boolean Searching<br />
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