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NUR 7002 - Information Technology in Health Care: CINAHL

A guide consisting of video tutorials, database links, and other resources intended to help you find the best resources for this course.


Navigating the New EBSCO Interface

These resources will help you to familiarize yourself with the new EBSCO interface, but if you need more help, please contact your subject librarian.

What is CINAHL?

CINAHL, or the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, is an electronic database in which you can find references to journal articles as well as books and book chapters.  The version Wright State has is called CINAHLPlus with Full Text. It indexes more than 5000 health care journals and provides access to more than 400 active full-text nursing and allied health journals.  Although some coverage goes back as far as 1937, the bulk of the coverage goes back to 1981. 

You can search CINAHL by typing in keywords for your main concepts, as you are used to doing in internet search engines.  However, be aware that  performing a subject heading search can often be a more efficient way to find the most relevant results on your topic. 

Using CINAHL/MeSH Subject Headings in the new EBSCO interface

CINAHL Options to Help Find Articles Likely to Have at Least One Nurse Author

Using these search options in CINAHL do not guarantee that at least one of the authors will be a nurse (unless you are using one of the nurse author limiters), but the articles will at least be nursing-related. 

If you have questions about how to apply these options to your searches, ask the Nursing Librarian.

Disclaimer: These strategies are not recommended if you need to do a comprehensive search of the literature for patient care.

Available Limiters:

  • Journal Subset = Nursing

  • You can apply this limiter by including it in one of your search blanks: type in SB Nursing .

Nursing as part of your original search strategy:

  • Subheading ="Nursing", if available
    • This option only works with some CINAHL subject headings.  It does NOT apply to keyword searching.

    • The CINAHL subject heading you are using may or may not include the subheading "Nursing" (/NU) .  If it does, checking that option will help you find articles that the indexers considered to be nursing-related.

  • nurs* as one of your search terms

    • If you add nurs* as one of the terms in your search blanks, the interface will find items that include the word nurse, nurses, or nursing in the title of the article or the journal, in the article abstract, or in the article subject headings.  

    • This is the broadest way to include the concept of nursing in your search so articles retrieved by this method may be less relevant to nursing than articles retrieved by one of the other methods.

Combining the results from these methods

Each of the above methods retrieves different results, so to give yourself a larger single set of results, combine the results from all of these search strategies using OR.


How do I get an article if Wright State does not have it?

If you use the FindIt option and there is no full text, you can request the article for free through interlibrary loan.

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