CINAHL Databases – Advanced Searching Tutorial


In this tutorial, you will learn how to perform an
Advanced search using the CINAHL databases,
as well as how to combine multiple searches using the Search History feature.

We begin by searching for catheters, selecting
the Full Text limiter. Enter the term in the
search box, select your limiters, and click Search.

This search can be further modified by using
the Limiters available in the left column under
Limit To. Click the Search History link to view the search in the Search History/Alerts window.
In this search, we want to restrict our results to
catheter infections in the urinary tract. We click on New Search to clear our Search
screen as well as any limiters we may have
selected, so we can create a new search on hemodialysis. After completing the new search,
we will combine it with our search of Catheters
using the Search History. Enter hemodialysis in the search box, check the Full Text limiter,
and click Search.
The search is added to the Search History. The
next step is to combine this search statement
with search statement S1, which is the full text search on Catheters. To combine the searches,
check the box to the left of each search and
select a button to combine the searches. We’ll click Search with AND for results which
contain both search terms. Note, if your search
box has not been cleared automatically, remove your previous search terms prior to clicking
Search with AND.
The result list is refreshed to reflect the
combined search and the new search is added
to your Search History. This search can be further refined by selecting
limiters from the Limit To section on the left.
The Show More link provides additional limiters which can further refine your search.

Limiters may include Research Article,
Evidence-Based Practice, and Age Groups.
After selecting any desired limiters, click Search.

The result list is displayed. Note the Options
set indicator, which reflects that limiters have
been selected. The Search History reflects all of our search
statements and each search statement
provides the terms and limiters applied, as well as the number of results retrieved. Click the
Edit link on any line of your search history to
modify the search terms, limiters, and expanders. This is useful when further
modification of the search statement is needed.
Searching for subject terms can also be useful.
The CINAHL Editorial staff has assigned
subject terms based on article content, allowing you to create a targeted search. When you click
the Suggest Subject Terms box above the
search box prior to conducting a search, your terms are searched against the CINAHL
Headings authority. From there, you can select
headings and subheadings to refine your search.

You can also click on the CINAHL Headings
link along the top toolbar to browse for
appropriate subject terms. For more information on searching using subject headings, see the
“Using CINAHL/MeSH Headings” tutorial on the
EBSCO Support Site. The ability to search CINAHL Headings is available in all of the
CINAHL databases.
When you are searching the CINAHL Plus
databases or CINAHL Complete, you can click
on the Evidence-Based Care Sheets link in the top toolbar or Quick Lessons under the
More link to view a list of all available topics.
Simply check the box in front of any item on the list and click on the Search button.

The document is displayed in the result list.
Click the PDF Full Text link to view the Quick
Lesson or Evidence-Based Care Sheet. To access the CINAHL Continuing Education Unit
Modules, click the CE Module link and follow
the directions to enroll with CINAHL. At any time, click on the Help link to view the
complete online help system.

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