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Online Tutorials and Training: CINAHL

Use these online resources to learn more about specific subjects, gain greater searching expertise, and discover new tools and software.


The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) provides indexing and abstracting for over 1,700 current nursing and allied health journals and publications. CINAHL offers complete coverage of English-language publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses' Association, and access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters. 

Use this Guide on the Side Tutorial to practice using CINAHL. 

Starting Your Search

This video describes some best practices for starting your CINAHL search.

NOTE: The demonstration is being completed in CINAHL Complete, so some of the features mentioned may not be available. Also, we do not recommend using the Full Text limiter in your search. Faculty and students may request interlibrary loans for any materials the University does not have access to.

Advanced Search Techniques

Now that you have mastered the basics of searching CINAHL, watch this video to learn more advanced techniques for improving your search.

NOTE: Again, the demonstration is being performed in CINAHL Complete, so not all features mentioned may be available. We encourage you not to select the Full Text limiter, as faculty and staff may request interlibrary loans for any articles not available at the University.

Using MeSH & CINAHL Headings

Improve your search strategy by including appropriate MeSH or CINAHL Headings. Watch this video to learn how.