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CINAHL (Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health) is an EBSCO host database containing more than 1,400 full- text and 5,400 indexed journals. It features peer-reviewed articles and dissertations, as well as evidence-based practice care sheets.
One of the best features of CINAHL is how intuitive and easy it is to use. The opening screen consists of three sections:
This section has search boxes for terms to be entered. On the left, you can add terms together using Boolean operators; on the right you can select what fields you wish to search. (Read through the Search Skills page in this guide for more on field searches and Boolean operators.)
The limiter options are used to limit results by specific criteria, e.g., to certain publication years, English language results, type of publication, etc.
You can also select "Full Text" if you want to see only those results that have full text, BUT, doing this means you are missing on all of the entries that are citations only, some of which might lead to your perfect article. You can always search for the article title in TWUniversal to see if we have access to the article through another database; if we don't, it can always be requested through Interlibrary Loan.
These options are both checkboxes next to the subject heading(s) you've chosen.
CINAHL offers evidence-based care sheets — concise summaries of many conditions and their treatment. To search for these exclusively, click on the "Evidence-Based Care Sheets" tab at the top of the screen.
You can browse through all of their EBP care sheets or enter a search term to find a specific topic.
These care sheets give an overview of a condition (What We Know), as well as common treatment approaches for healthcare providers (What We Can Do).