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Literature searching: CINAHL (EBSCOhost)

CINAHL Quick Link

What is CINAHL?

  • CINAHL = Consolidated Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature
  • Bibliographic database indexing articles from over 5,500 journals. 
  • Does not include full text.
  • Years of coverage: Indexed from 1937 to present.
  • Sits on the EBSCOhost platform.

Searching CINAHL step by step

If you have already searched Ovid Medline:

  • General process is similar to searching Ovid Medline - grouping concepts and including subject headings and text
  • However the EBSCOhost interface looks a bit different to Ovid - buttons are in different places and syntax (commands) are different
  • Check for CINAHL specific SUBJECT HEADINGS (remembering this database has a nursing focus)
  • Use the Polyglot tool to translate text search lines from Ovid Medline to CINAHL eg haphazard.ti to TI haphazard
  • See helpsheet for step by step process

Guide Author

Helen Wilding, Senior Research Librarian

Carl de Gruchy Library, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
Helen.Wilding@svha.org.au

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