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Cinahl tips & tricks

  1. 1. CINAHL: Tips and Tricks An Online Tutorial brought to you by Pilgrim Library
  2. 2. Watch this tutorial if you: Want to learn how to use CINAHL more effectively Think searching in CINAHL is tricky Are a nursing or health-related major
  3. 3. Get the most out of the tutorial See things for yourself – follow along! 1. Access CINAHL • Go to the library homepage ( • Click on Databases A – Z • Scroll down to C • Click on CINAHL (Nursing, Allied Health, Consumer Health) Plus 2. Follow the directions in the yellow boxes Click to continue!
  4. 4. On the Agenda Once you get to the CINAHL database, focus on the areas of the page that are circled in orange below. We’ll go through these cool features one at a time.
  5. 5. Publications Lists all the journals, magazines, etc. that are included in CINAHL. Click on Publications!
  6. 6. This is a helpful page because: •You can see what journals will be included in your searches •You can see what years are included for each particular journal •You can search by subject and see what journals cover your topic and will be likely to come up in your searches •You can create an RSS journal alert that will notify you when new content from a particular journal is added to the database.
  7. 7. You can also use the Publications tab to search within one specific journal. Let’s try a sample Publication search for the American Journal of Nursing. Type “American Journal of Nursing” into the search box and click Browse.
  8. 8. We can see that the American Journal of Nursing is covered in this database from 1937 to present. Impressive, right? Note though that it says “bibliographic records.” This means that the citation information for each article should be listed, but the full-text may not necessarily be provided. Some titles will specify a range for complete full-text coverage. Click on the blue hyperlinked title of this journal.
  9. 9. You can click here to search all volumes and issues of this journal. It will bring up a normal search box with the title of the journal written in. Just add the word “and” followed by your subject keywords. You can also click on a year and then a volume to browse through any given journal, just like you would flip through the print journal.
  10. 10. Jumping to the Main Search Page Starting fresh at the main search page is easy. You can click the back button of your Internet browser or use this handy little shortcut. Click on New Search to return to the main search page!
  11. 11. CINAHL Headings Think of this as the “behind the scenes” section of the database. It’s basically a terminology dictionary; you look up a topic and see what terms the database uses to describe your subject. Confused? Click to learn more…
  12. 12. Why use subject headings? What is the image to the left? Soda? Pop? Coke? Refreshing cola? That’s the problem with database searching – or searching in general. If the people that organized things use a different vocabulary than you do, it’s going to be hard to find what you want!
  13. 13. CINAHL Headings The CINAHL Headings section can help. Think of it as your guide to CINAHL’s language. If you use the headings they suggest, your search effectiveness should increase.
  14. 14. Sample heading search: therapy Type therapy into the box and click browse. Make sure that relevancy ranked is selected.
  15. 15. You can see what terms the database assigns to your topic. Using these terms will bring back the best search results. You can click to Explode a term and see its subcategories. Or you can click Major Concept or Scope to learn more about what the term includes.
  16. 16. You can select more than one term by checking multiple boxes. If you want your search to look for BOTH or ALL terms, combine selections with and. If you want your search to look for one term or another, but not necessarily both, then select or. Then click Search Database. Feel free to explore more or try some sample searches! When you’re ready to move on, click on New Search at the top to return to the home page.
  17. 17. Evidence-Based Care Sheets Search by subject or browse alphabetically for evidence- based care sheets
  18. 18. Search by subject keyword or scroll through alphabetically. Once you find the topic that interests you, click to check the box to the right of your topic and click search. Feel free to explore more or try some sample searches! When you’re ready to move on, click on New Search at the top to return to the home page.
  19. 19. More There are several helpful tools hidden under the More tab: • Quick Lessons: Short fact sheets on various procedures and conditions • Cited References: Cool feature that lets you see who has cited a given article • Images: Search for images that have been included in articles • Indexes: The ultimate list of what is included in the database Let’s explore the Cited References option a little more. Click on Cited References.
  20. 20. Cited References Let’s try this out! We’ll check if any other articles have cited the article Clinical ethics and nursing: 'Yes' to caring, but 'no' to a female ethics of care from the journal Bioethics in 1995. Enter “Clinical Ethics and Nursing” into the Cited Title box, Bioethics into the Cited Source box and “1995” into the Cited Year Box. Click Search.
  21. 21. Bingo! The article we searched for comes up right away. Now we’re going to tell the database to see who’s been citing this article. When we run our next search, all the things brought up will have included this article in their list of references. Click to put a check mark in the box at the left of the correct article. Click the Find Citing Articles button.
  22. 22. This search will list out all of the articles that cite the Oxygen Consumption article. This feature can help you see how esteemed or influential an article has been. Remember, though, that it only references articles within CINAHL. From this page you can access or request full-text, organize by creating a folder, or launch another cited reference search. Feel free to explore more or try some sample searches! When you’re ready to move on, click on New Search at the top to return to the home page.
  23. 23. Sign In Registering for an account with EBSCO CINAHL can be a great way for you to keep your research process organized. Plus, signing in gives you some great additional features.
  24. 24. When you create an EBSCO account, you’ll be asked to give your name and email address. Then you’ll create a username and password that you’ll use to log into your EBSCO account. It’s that easy! Why register and log in? • When you don’t log in, the database can’t remember who you are and what you’re searching for – so if you accidentally close the window, sometimes you lose all your work! Logging in can prevent this. • You can easily save your progress to a folder and return later; the database will help you stay organized during your research process. • You can create alerts to notify you when your favorite journal issues a new volume, or you can create and save a search and have the database notify you when it retrieves something new.
  25. 25. This is an example of an EBSCO folder. Options to the left help organize saved settings. Individuals articles that have been added to the folder are listed in the middle. These articles can be easily printed, emailed, or saved in lists simply by marking the check box to the left of the article title.
  26. 26. Folder CINAHL lets you create folders if you want to group articles together, or email or save multiple articles at once - even if you’re not signed in. Just click Add to Folder next to an article in your results list. To access your folder at any time, click on the Folder tab in the title bar.
  27. 27. Help! If you get confused, help is a click away! There is a good Help guide within CINAHL.
  28. 28. Help! You can also go back to Pilgrim Library’s website and get in touch with one of your librarians! Use the chat box or text, call, or email! Just ASK!
  29. 29. Choose Databases CINAHL is provided by a company named EBSCO. EBSCO actually provides dozens of databases to Defiance College. You can normally tell when you’re searching an EBSCO database because they look very similar to CINAHL. The Choose Databases feature allows you to select and search in more than one of these databases at one time. Click on Choose Databases!
  30. 30. This lists out all of the EBSCO databases. To search more than one database with one search, simply click and check the box next to the databases you wish to add. This is a great way to broaden a search or find information for multi-disciplinary topics. To learn what a database includes, hold your mouse over the little speech bubble to the right of the database’s name. When you’re ready to move on, close the window (click on the X) to return to the home page.
  31. 31. Congratulations! You successfully finished the library tutorial CINAHL: Tips & Tricks If you have any questions about this tutorial, please get in touch with Pilgrim Library or email
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