Doing a Keyword Search in CINAHL


In this video, I’m going to discuss how you
do a keyword search in CINAHL. Keyword searching in CINAHL is something you’re
probably going to find very easy to do because it’s very similar to what you do in every
other database or online search engine such as Google. You just come up here to the box, and type
in the term that you’re interested in searching. One of the things that will happen in CINAHL
is a dropdown menu will show up that will give you some suggested terms that you could
possibly use. And then what you can do is, you can come
over here to this dropdown menu as I work to my right and designate what fields of a
citation you might want searched, which may be title, author or abstract, or something
else. If you do nothing, like leave it like this
where it says, “Select a Field (optional),” it’ll do a general search of the entire citation
and return you results. So if I’m satisfied with what I’ve done, I
can click Search, and I’ll get a set of articles that deal with obesity. Now what you’ll notice is I have 50,000 articles
here. That may be way too many for you to see. You’ll also be able to see that 50,000 of
that number of results, if you ever access your search history – which you’ll find underneath
the search box here – if I click on that, what you’ll notice is that I can now see a
search history where I have searched this particular term, in this case twice, and I
have the same number. Now if I would like to combine obesity with
another term, I first need to clear this box. Anytime you do anything in these boxes I always
suggest that you clear the boxes first, whether it be trying to combine terms below the green
line or doing anything else. Now once you have that box cleared, you may
want to be interested in how obesity relates to soda consumption. So in this case, you might want to do Soda
Pop or Soda. Because we’re doing a keyword search -remember
– one term may not be sufficient. And because I want any term that’s related
to give me as many articles as possible, what I’m going to do here is use OR, so I get any
article that talks about soda pop or soda because you use OR when you’re trying to put
together synonyms or related terms that are part of your search. So in this case, I’ll put Soda Pop OR Soda,
come back over here to Search, and this time you’ll notice I get 357 results, which you
can see here or you can see here. Now, if I want to put these two together,
the first thing I need to do is come up here and click Clear and then select the corresponding
terms that I want. After I’ve done this, the next step is to
come up and select the appropriate Boolean operator to make a relationship between them. Because I want there to be a direct relationship
– I want them both discussed in an article – I’m going to search this with AND. When you search with AND, what you’ll notice
is, you’ll get your search results here, and now I have 67 results. In these 67 results what you’ll notice is
that they’re all going to have some discussion of obesity and some discussion of soda pop,
whether that be discussed as soda or soda pop. And so now I have 67 articles. You’ll notice that it automatically defaults
to showing you the display of the abstract, and you’ll notice that the Get It At VCU button
is present. On a couple articles which you’ll notice also
is, there’s going to be the option for the PDF full text right off to the left of the
Get It At VCU button. What this means is that the article is in
fact in full text within this database, and you can just click here to get direct access. But when it’s not available within the database,
be sure to click on this Get It At VCU button because what that will do is connect you to
our electronic resources. And therefore you can either get it in your
PDF format that you may like, or it’ll alert you that we in fact don’t have it electronically
but have it on the shelf here at the library. If we don’t have it in either place, you’ll
have a third option which is to request it through Interlibrary Loan, which if you’re
a faculty, staff, or student here at VCU, it’s free for you to utilize. And that is how you do a keyword search in
CINAHL.

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