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Using CINAHL

  1. 1. When should you use CINAHL? 0 If you are searching for information on a specific topic related to nursing, CINAHL is an excellent database to begin with. 0 This presentation will show you how to search in CINAHL.
  2. 2. The Library Website 0 http://www.daytonastate.edu/library/
  3. 3. You have been instructed to find information on a particular topic: Best practices in critical care of patients with sepsis.
  4. 4. Click on the drop-down menu “Select Database Quick List” at the far right of the page.
  5. 5. Now you need to log in 0Your ID is your student ID number, and the PIN is the last four digits of your Social Security number. 0Once you log in, you will see the search screen for the database.
  6. 6. First, check the boxes you need to limit your results 0The “Full Text” box is already checked. You will also want to check the boxes that say “Peer-Reviewed,” “English Language,” and “Evidence-Based Practice.”
  7. 7. Choose your key words 0Once you have chosen your limiters by checking boxes, you will choose your search term. 0Do not use too many words. Pick only the best words – the key words – that describe your topic. Use the available boxes to separate your terms. 0You do not need to search for the key word “best practices.” You have already checked the Evidence-Based Practice box, so that covers the “best practices” requirement.
  8. 8. Narrow your date range 0You should only use information that is five years old or less. 0You can eliminate older article by using the slider at the left of the page. 0Drag the slider to the right until you reach the desired date.
  9. 9. Opening your article 0Scroll down the list of results to find the article you want to use. 0Click on “PDF Full Text” to open your article.
  10. 10. Using article tools 0Once your article is open, the tools menu to the right has several options that will save you time and trouble. 0The print and email icons at the top of the page will allow you to save the article by printing it or emailing it to yourself. 0When printing or emailing an article, you can choose to have it sent or printed with the APA citation attached. 0The yellow sheet of paper is a “Cite” icon. That will give you a jump start on the APA citation for your article.
  11. 11. Save the article 0If you prefer to save your article to your computer or a USB drive, mouse over the lower edge of the article. The menu bar with the Save icon will appear. Click it to save your article.
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