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  • 1. CUMULATIVE INDEX TO NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH LITERATURE
  • 2. WHAT IS CINAHL?
    AN OVERVIEW OF THE CUMULATIVE INDEX TO NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH LITERATURE
    by
    MARK HABER
    THE COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE, GILL LIBRARY
    JANUARY 2009
  • 3. WHAT IS CINAHL?
    Provides indexing to over 1200 journals
    Contains more than 1,000,000 records
    Coverage dates back to 1982
    Covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines
  • 4. Controlled Vocabulary
    Agreed upon term for a subject or concept
    Cancer USE Neoplasms
    Diabetes USE Diabetes Mellitus
    Heart Attack USE Myocardial Infarction
  • 5. Heart attack (free text search)
  • 6. Click Myocardial Infarction
  • 7. Click Myocardial Infarction
  • 8. Limiting Your Search
    Searches in the CINAHL Database can be limited to
    Full text materials
    Peer reviewed journals
  • 9. Put check marks in relevant boxes and click Update Results
  • 10. Click Rehabilitation, Cardiac
  • 11. Click More for additional limiters
  • 12. Click the title for detailed record
  • 13. Detailed Record - Citation
  • 14. Detailed Record - Abstract
  • 15. Click PDF Full Text
  • 16. Example of full text article
  • 17. CINAHL Headings
    List of CINAHL Subject Terms
    Lists Related Subject Terms
    Lists Relevant Sub-Headings
  • 18. Click CINAHL Headings
  • 19. Type heart attack and click Browse
  • 20. Click Myocardial Infarction
  • 21. List of Subheadings
  • 22. Click Diet Therapy and Click Search Database
  • 23. Click inside Full Text and Peer Reviewed click Update Results
  • 24. Truncation
    The asterisk* at the end of the root of a word retrieves the word and all forms of the word
    Nurs* retrieves nurse, nurses, nursing, etc.
    Herb* retrieves herb, herbs, herbal, etc.
    Hospital* retrieves hospitals, hospitalization, etc.
  • 25. nurs* and herb* and hospital*
  • 26. Retrieving the Full Text
    Some articles are available full text
    Others can be requested at the Circulation Desk
    Journal articles, books, and dissertations that are not owned by CNR can be ordered via Illiad
  • 27. Click title of article
  • 28. Detailed record of article
  • 29. Scroll down and click Search for Article
  • 30. Click Journal
  • 31. Request microfiche at Gill Library Circulation Desk
  • 32. Advantages of Using CINAHL
    Comprehensive indexing of nursing literature
    Subject Headings and Sub-Headings
    Boolean Searching