Your key to the nursing literature is the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health.
What Is CINAHL?
CINAHL is a premium database accessible via the UNE Library Services homepage. The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) covers the period 1982 to date. Over 2,850 nursing and allied health journals (including occupational therapy, physical therapy and nurse anesthesia) are regularly reviewed and indexed along with other publications, including nursing dissertations, state newsletters, educational software and audiovisuals.
• At the UNE Libraries homepage select a major such as Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nurse Anesthesia, etc.
• Within the alphabetical listing of databases, click on CINAHL. (If you are accessing CINAHL from off-campus, you will be prompted for your last name and 14-digit barcode from your UNE ID card.)
Steps To A CINAHL Search:
• Enter your keyword or phrase; limit search to peer reviewed and English; click on Search.
Ex. neoplasms <Search>
• At the Results list click on the (blue) article title to view the full record with abstract.
• Mark records desired by clicking on the folder icon to the right of each citation within the Results list; click on Folder Has Items to review selected records and to print or email those records.
• View and print any available full-text articles by clicking on Full-Text or Check for Full-Text.
• Click on Help for assistance.
• Use AND to narrow a search.
Ex. neoplasms and patient education
• Use OR to broaden a search.
Ex. neoplasms or cancer
• Use CINAHL Headings or Suggest Subject Terms to locate specific, controlled vocabulary subject headings; and to “explode” or to select specific (qualify) subheadings.
• Searches may be limited (in addition to peer reviewed and English) by scrolling through Limit Your Results (e.g. care plan, legal cases, research, etc.)
• To check journal availability (or Holdings) in print format and/or electronic format, use the Library Catalog on the UNE Library Services homepage.
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