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Nursing research using CINAHL

 Chris Morgan 5 Jun 2018 Library

An introduction to finding journal articles using the CINAHL database.

Using CINAHL for nursing research
CINAHL or The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, is a leading nursing database.  

It’s available to RCN members via the 
RCN Library website.

CINAHL contains references for over 3,100 nursing, allied health, biomedicine and healthcare journals covering more than 3.8 million records dating back to 1971.  It contains access to full-text articles for more than 630 journals.  

For those new to CINAHL, searching using keywords in ‘Basic’ search is a good place to start.  You can focus your search using limiters such as ‘date range’, ‘place of publication’, ‘research article’ or ‘peer reviewed’.

For a more in-depth search you can use the ‘Advanced Search’ setting where you can ‘suggest subject terms’ to display references that have been indexed using specified terms relating to your research subject.  

Many references will contain an abstract (summary) or links to the full-text article, and there is an option to limit to full-text results only.

For those references that don’t link to the full-text article, the RCN Library holds many journals in print, from which you can order photocopies of articles, so it’s still possible to get access to the journal article.

You can save, print, email or export your results; search history is displayed throughout each search session and you can save your search history by creating a My EBSCOhost account.

Check out our video tutorials ‘Introduction to the CINAHL database’ and ‘Using CINAHL subject headings.’ You can also download a CINAHL guide from our Training page and find details of training sessions in our libraries. 

Finally, do please get in touch via phone, email or webchat if you have any questions. RCN Library staff are always happy to help with using this highly recommended resource.

RCN Library staff

Chris Morgan

Author of this guide

RCN Library and Archive Services

Page last updated - 05/09/2018